(Official Washington Examiner editorial, July 18) The Biden administration has been far from stellar in its reaction to the unrest in Cuba, but at least its tepid message is improving.

As Biden at first took far too long to comment on the wave of protests against Cuba’s vicious communist regime, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas earned justifiable criticism for seeming to deter Cuban refugees while showing outlandish leniency to illegal immigrants from Central America.

Mayorkas raised hackles by saying, “Allow me to be clear. If you take to the sea, you will not come to the United States.” He said there would be no U.S. entry even for those who prove a “well-founded fear of persecution or torture.” Those unfortunate people, he said, would be sent to third countries for resettlement.

The “stay away” message to Cubans fleeing communist repression was jarring, considering that this is the same administration that has implemented policies at our Mexican border that effectively amount to flashing a neon “welcome” sign to attract as many illegal immigrants as possible, even if it harms their health and safety.

 

Speaking of communism, Biden himself seemed loath to mention it. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, whose family immigrated from Cuba, was right to criticize the president for failing to speak of the brutal ideology at the heart of Cuba’s problems. Referring to Biden, Rubio astutely said on Fox News that “he finally said something. [But] he still left out the word ‘Marxist’ and ‘Communist’ and ‘socialist.'”
So too did the Voice of America, now under the management of Biden’s left-wing team. The taxpayer-funded agency outrageously gave disproportionate reporting space and even tacit endorsement to the Cuban government’s specious claims that the country’s troubles are the fault of U.S. policy and that the protests are “provocations” against a “peaceful country, contrary to the U.S.”…. [The full editorial is at this link.]

 

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