(TRENTON) – Assemblywoman Marlene Caride (D-Bergen/Passaic) released the following statement Friday on the United States and Cuba normalizing full diplomatic relations:
“My parents left Cuba for a better life, not because they wanted to, but because they knew they would not be able to flourish if they remained. They left their families and the only home they knew, hoping that one day Cuba and its people would be liberated. Instead, they have watched in frustration as the Castro regime has tightened its grip and continued to deny the Cuban people the most basic civil liberties.
“As much as I want to believe that this move could be the beginning of a democratic awakening in Cuba, I simply don’t see that happening under the current regime. Restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba gives the Castro regime legitimacy and threatens to embolden the regime. This is an alarming thought considering their atrocious human rights record. The people of Cuba deserve better than having the Castro regime recognized as a partner worthy of doing business with while they still have to live under its oppressive rule.”