A Cuban-born anti-communist activist doesn't think anyone should
be fooled by the Castro regime's recent announcement about lifting
travel restrictions for people on the island.
After months of speculation, the Cuban government now says it
will eliminate a half-century-old restriction that requires
citizens to get an exit visa to leave the country. The decree,
which takes effect January 14, means islanders will only have to
show their passport and a visa from the country to which they are
U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Florida), who was born
in Cuba, refers to the measure as "so-called reforms" that are
"nothing more than Raul Castro's desperate attempts to fool the
world into thinking that Cuba is changing."
Humberto Fontova, who fled
Cuba in 1961 and has written two books on the regime, says this
means there will be more travel opportunities to the U.S. for
Cubans hand-picked by the regime.
"These Cubans are determined by the Castro regime so that they
will come to the U.S. [and] immediately qualify for U.S. refugee
benefits. They then start sending this money back to Cuba in the
form of remittances," he explains.
Fontova finds it amusing that the Cuban government is
restricting the travel of people it deems essential to the regime,
such as scientists and doctors.
"In Costa Rica recently, some so-called Cuban doctors flunked
almost en masse the accreditation to become a doctor in Costa
Rica," he reports.
So he agrees with Ros-Lehtinen that Cuba will only be free when
the Castro family and its lackeys are no longer on the scene.