ICYMI: DHS Secretary Mayorkas Traveled to Miami to Reiterate President Biden’s Continued Support for the Cuban and Haitian People

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Yesterday, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas traveled to Miami, Florida to meet with Cuban American leaders at La Ermita de la Caridad to reiterate the Biden-Harris administration’s continued support for the Cuban people – including last month’s historic demonstrations in Cuba and the administration’s response, which included taking unprecedented steps to hold Cuban officials accountable for human rights violations by enacting sanctions and working to provide internet access to the island. The visit comes after President Biden met with Cuban American leaders at the White House in July.

Secretary Mayorkas and Representative Frederica Wilson also met with Haitian American community leaders at Notre Dame D’Haiti to express President Biden’s steadfast commitment to the people of Haiti and the administration’s diligent work in ensuring the safety and well-being of Haitians as the country recovers from back-to-back severe political and natural disaster crises.

See below for a roundup of coverage from the Secretary’s visit:

Local10: Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas visits Miami-Dade CountyAlejandro N. Mayorkas, the first Cuban American to serve as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, visited Miami-Dade County on Thursday. He and his team had meetings with local community leaders from Haiti, Cuba, Colombia, and Venezuela.

CVJB:​The United States reiterates its desire for the freedom of the Cuban peoplThe secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, declared this Thursday in Miami in a meeting with representatives of the Cuban community, that the Biden administration “stands firm in solidarity with the Cuban people and their desire to live in Liberty”. Mayorkas, an immigrant born in Cuba, held the meeting at the Ermita de la Caridad. One of the participants, Rosa María Payá, stated that the senior US official said that one of the goals of the White House is “to ensure that Cuban-Americans continue to be a vital partner” in the government’s efforts to help “those who they are suffering on the island.”

CBS MiamiHomeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas visits South Florida to discuss how to keep Cuba’s fight for freedom aliveOn Thursday, local elected leaders met with US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, a Cuban exile, to discuss how to keep the freedom struggle alive on the island. “There is no one better that he could have sent who could understand why his family experienced it than Secretary Mayorkas,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schutlz.

NBC: U.S. sanctions more Cuban officials; Mayorkas meets with Cuban AmericansThe U.S. sanctioned more Cuban officials involved in the crackdown on anti-government protesters in Cuba last month after a meeting Thursday with Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Cuban Americans in Miami. […] The group Mayorkas met with “was incredibly diverse,” said Felice Gorordo, CEO of the technology company eMerge Americas, who attended the meeting. “There were folks who don’t necessarily agree on tactics when it comes to Cuba policy but are firmly united in a common goal to support our brothers and sisters on the island.” Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, a Republican, and Cuban activist Rosa María Payá were also in attendance.

FDP Executive Director on State Senator Ileana Garcia: “Now That No-Party Sham Candidate Has Flipped, She Needs to Answer Three Questions.”

MIAMI, FL. This week the Miami Herald reported that Alex Rodriguez, the no-party candidate who allegedly collaborated with former Miami state senator Frank Artiles in an electoral scheme to siphon votes away from Democratic candidate Jose Javier Rodriguez by running without campaigning in the Senate District 37 race in 2020, will enter into a plea with prosecutors and serve as a witness in the state’s case against Artiles.

These developments represent an opportunity for state senator Ileana Garcia –who won the election by 32 votes and clearly benefited from Alex Rodriguez’s presence on the ballot– to answer some important questions in order to establish her distance from this alleged scheme. “Now that Alex Rodriguez has flipped on Frank Artiles, Ileana Garcia will need to answer three critical questions to prove her innocence,” said Marcus Dixon, the Florida Democratic Party’s executive director.

Did she ever meet, have a conversation or accept any guidance from Frank Artiles? Does she believe the actions described by Alex Rodriguez are criminal? What legislation does she intend to file in the upcoming legislative session to prevent this from happening in future elections?

“If she fails to speak out on these questions it means Ileana Garcia accepts her complicity in her sham election.”
“The voters in her district deserve straight answers from Senator Garcia,” added Dixon. “If she was in any way involved in this apparent scheme, it is her duty to resign and allow her constituents to choose a senator who is truly committed to justice, fairness and transparency.”

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