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Biden DHS Warns Floridians Planning to Participate in Cuba Flotilla of $250,000 Fines and Prison Time
Elizabeth Vaughn 7/21/2021 9:01 AM


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In June, over 190,000 illegal immigrants crossed America's southwest border bringing the year-to-date total to over one million. Because this figure does not include the "got-aways," those who entered the U.S. undetected, the true number is actually higher.

Needless to say, this has strained the resources of Customs and Border Patrol and created a humanitarian crisis. The Biden Administration's policies have encouraged and supported this wave of immigrants and the government has provided these individuals with food, shelter and travel assistance.

This disaster has also allowed gang members, criminal groups and international terrorists to enter the country, dealing a blow to public safety and American national security.

On July 11, the long-suffering people of Cuba, who face severe oppression at the hands of the nation's communist government, began a series of protests which has since spread to several cities in Florida and elsewhere.

This is a pivotal moment for Cuban citizens who, with some assistance from the U.S. government, could possibly topple the country's cruel and repressive leaders.

Yet the administration who has embraced the mass entrance of hundred of thousands of Latinos from Central and South America has been shown remarkable callousness toward them.

Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued an advisory to South Florida boaters planning to take part in a flotilla of 100 boats to show their support for their Cuban neighbors.

The DHS news release warns, "It is illegal for boaters to depart from the U.S. with the intent of transiting to Cuba for any purpose without a permit" from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Vessels and persons illegally entering Cuban territorial waters or getting underway or departing from U.S. territorial waters with the intention of entering Cuban TTW, without the required permit may be subject to seizure of their vessel, civil and criminal penalities up to $25,000 per day, and 10 years in prison. People who violate U.S. immigration laws and illegally bring foreign nationals into the country, or who attempt to do so, may be subject to arrest, vessel forfeiture, civil and criminal fines up to $250,000 per day, and five years in prison.

WBFS-TV Miami reports that this event, originally planned for Monday, has been pushed back to Thursday.

Jorge Lopez, who plans to take part in the flotilla, told WBFS, “The purpose is to stay on the border, not trespassing, stay in international water and just let the Cuban people know we’re also fighting for their freedom, so once and for all they can be a free country."

What is behind the administration's refusal to support the Cubans? Cubans, unlike those pouring over the southwest border, are pro-Democracy, which translated means they are generally pro-Republican. The sudden influx of Cuban refugees would guarantee that Florida would become even redder and would eventually be lost to Democrats forever.

Prior to Eisenhower's 1952 and 1956 victories in the state, Florida was reliably blue. Since then, Floridians voted for Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton (in 1996) and Barack Obama (twice). They also voted for Richard Nixon (three times), Ronald Reagan (twice), George H.W. Bush (twice) and George W. Bush (twice). President Donald Trump won the state in 2016 narrowly, and in 2020, more decisively.

In the tweet below, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) states the truth plainly.

In the following video, Cruz issues a message of solidarity with the Cuban people on the Senate floor. A transcript of his remarks can be viewed on his Senate website.

Here is an excerpt:

This socialist regime has tortured, killed, silenced, denied freedom, and driven into exile generations of Cubans, forcing many, including my family, to flee or be murdered. It has cut off Cuba from the rest of the world. It has destroyed its economy, so that today Cubans stand in long lines for food, for medicine, for basic supplies. They endure energy blackouts, and government officials can shut off their censored internet service on a whim-as they did Sunday when the regime panicked about the protests.

This battle for freedom is personal to me. When Fulgencio Batista staged a coup in Cuba and became a brutal dictator in the 1950’s, my father fought against his regime. My dad was imprisoned and tortured. His captors broke his nose and bashed in his front teeth until they were dangling from his mouth.

My father fled Cuba, the country he had fought for and had been brutalized trying to save, and in 1957 came to the United States — he came to Texas — with $100 sewn into his underwear. He had nothing.


America must respond. Over the past few days, the world has seen that the American people stand squarely with the men and women of Cuba in their noble fight for liberty.


Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), whose parents are Cuban immigrants, also expressed his support. "Sen. Rubio introduced a Senate resolution (S. Res. 303) in support of the courageous Cuban people as they lead historic protests throughout the island against six decades of repression and tyranny from the Castro & Díaz-Canel regime."

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell backs Rubio's resolution, telling colleagues that the Kentucky city of Louisville "is actually home to one of the largest Cuban American populations in any American city outside Florida. In recent days, this vibrant community has rallied by the hundreds in support of the Cuban protestors.”

He continued: “The brave men and women who have taken to the streets in Cuba are demanding freedoms they’ve been denied all their lives. They deserve our strong support. I’m proud to be co-sponsoring a new resolution with Senator Rubio and several other colleagues to communicate precisely that.”

This is a no-brainer. The time is right to release the Cuban people from the tyranny of their government.

Americans should be asking the Biden Administration the reason for their hesitation. Why are they laying out the red carpet for the Latinos who are pouring over the southwest border seeking economic opportunity, yet refusing to help our Cuban neighbors who are trying to escape truly repressive conditions?

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Elizabeth Vaughn
Elizabeth Vaughn is the founder and editor of The American Crisis. She is a current contributor to The Western Journal and the American Free News Network. And a previous contributor to RedState, Newsmax, The Dan Bongino Show, and The Federalist. Her articles have also appeared on Instapundit, RealClearPolitics, Newsmax, MSN, Hot Air, Twitchy, The Gateway Pundit, Ricochet and other sites. Prior to blogging, Elizabeth was a financial consultant at Merrill Lynch and an independent equity trader. She is a wife, a mom to three grown children and several beloved golden retrievers, and a grandmother.

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