Cuban-American lawmakers react at Cuba’s upgrade on trafficking report

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U.S. Sen. Bob Menéndez, Democrat from New Jersey: “Upgrades for Malaysia and Cuba are a clear politicization of the report, and a stamp of approval for countries who have failed to take the basic actions to merit this upgrade. In Cuba, adults and children are subjected to sex trafficking and the government continues perpetrating abusive practices of forced labor, coercing tens of thousands of its own doctors and medical professionals to serve abroad under conditions that violate international norms.” Menéndez said the upgrade “challenges common sense” and he pledged to use “all of the tools at my disposal -– from hearings to legislation to investigations –- to challenge these upgrades.”

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Miami Republican and also chairwoman of a House Committee on Foreign Affairs subcommittee: “It has become clear that the White House’s willingness to bend over backward to appease the ruthless dictators in Cuba knows no bounds.”

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida and a presidential candidate, said in a statement, “I find it difficult to believe that Cuba has been elevated this year from Tier 3 to Tier 2 Watch List solely based on the Cuban regime’s record.”

 

 

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