David Richardson

Cuba

As the representative of Little Havana in the State Legislature, I know that Miami and Cuba are linked in a unique way. After nearly sixty years of isolation and embargo, little change has occurred—instead, I believe we can hold the Cuban Government accountable through engagement.

As the representative of Little Havana in the State Legislature, I know that Miami and Cuba are linked in a unique way. We have countless families who fled Communism and started new lives in Miami, adding new culture and history to our community. While Cuban Americans have been able to break into the middle class and prosper, we cannot turn a blind eye to the abusive policies of the government that they fled.

However, I believe this generation of Cuban Americans and Cuban nationals can work together to stop human rights violations and end economic exploitation on the island. After nearly sixty years of isolation and embargo, little change has occurred. I believe we can hold the Cuban Government accountable through engagement.

Policy Priorities:

  1. Embrace normalization with Cuba by encouraging a cultural exchange between Cuba and the USA. An old Cold War rivalry shouldn't keep families apart.
  2. Continue lifting travel restrictions on Americans seeking to visit the island. More contact with the everyday people of Cuba will help dispel harmful misconceptions.
  3. Decrease economic and embargo policies directed towards Cuba, with the exception of those that would financially benefit Cuban military, intelligence, or security services. 
  4. Continue to hold the Cuban government accountable, call out human rights abuses and ensure that we never give the Cuban government a free pass on attacking its own people. 

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