Conservatives thought, just for a moment, that possibly they could agree with liberals. No, it’s not a joke. It’s also not a joke that Republicans suddenly began to question their stance on illegal immigration and refugee status when the stories about the huddled masses from Cuban began to stream in.
The uprising among the Cuban people, too long-suffering under a dictatorship who told them what their lives would be, without input from what were little more than slave-citizens, caused the heart of every red-blooded American to swell with resonance. Not only is the Cuban uprising a very American-esque mantra. The Cuban people are actually waving American flags and pointing to us as their beacon of freedom.
But to no avail. The left and right were not destined to agree on even this, as the Biden administration has taken this opportunity to make a complete 180 degree turn on the issue of immigration. While they have taken some of the most historically lenient stances on immigration by land through the Mexico-American border, they came out strong saying they would turn away every single person who attempts to enter the United States via boat to escape communist rule.
Conservatives were shocked, expecting there to at least be the option of refugee status for the longtime-oppressed neighbors across the water. And none were more incensed two Cuban-American politicians, Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL).
Cruz lasted President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris last Tuesday in a tweet where he said that it seemed the only immigrants the administration doesn’t want are those from Cuba, according to a report in the Independent Journal Review.
The Texas senator posted his comments with a link to a story from WBFS-TV Miami that reported the Department of Homeland Security warned South Floridians to not take part in a flotilla to Cuba event planned to assist protesters who are suffering under dictatorial rule in the island nation reach the United States.
While Floridians were seeking out ways to actually help the huddled masses, yearning to breath free, those who have proven their respect and trust in the American flag, who aren’t attempting to infiltrate for the purpose of change or gang and drug-related reasons, the Biden administration was busy issuing threats:
“It is illegal for boaters to depart with the intent to travel to Cuba for any purpose without a permit,” a DHS advisory stated Thursday, according to the report.
The report further noted, “DHS said in the advisory that any boater intending to enter Cuban territorial waters must get permission from the U.S. Coast Guard. Violators risk facing fines of $25,000 a day and 10 years in prison, the advisory said.”
The event organizers had hopes of using 100 boats to assist Cuban protesters, according to local media. For his part, Cruz released a statement Thursday supporting the Cuban protester’s request for freedom, pointing to his own family history as part of the motivation for his compassion:
“This battle for freedom is personal to me. When Fulgencio Batista staged a coup in Cuba and became a brutal dictator in the 1950’s, my father fought against his regime. My dad was imprisoned and tortured. His captors broke his nose and bashed in his front teeth until they were dangling from his mouth,” the senator said in the statement, which was also delivered on the Senate floor.
“My father fled Cuba, the country he had fought for and had been brutalized trying to save, and in 1957 came to the United States — he came to Texas — with $100 sewn into his underwear. He had nothing,” Cruz added.
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who also has a close personal connection with Cuba due to his parents’ immigration from the island, has gone out of his way to support the efforts as well. The Florida senator introduced a Senate resolution on Thursday to stand with “the courageous Cuban people.”
“The Cuban people are courageously standing up for their freedoms after 62 years of subjugation under a communist dictatorship,” Rubio said in a statement.
“This is truly a historic moment, and one that as a Cuban American I’m proud to witness. The people of Cuba have made their voices clear. We must stand in support of the Cuban people’s ongoing efforts to live in a nation free from tyranny and censorship.”
Resistance on the part of Democrats could cause a person to question why they object so strongly to these particular immigrants. Could it be because they will talk freely about the ills of communism? Could it be that Cuban immigrants vote overwhelmingly Republican? I guess if the Biden administration gets their way we may never know.