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Marco Rubio, Bob Menendez Bring Out Resolution Condemning Cuban Regime on Mais Medicos

January 14, 2019 - 6:00am
Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez
Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez

From his seat on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., brought out a resolution condemning the communist regime in Cuba, accusing it of running a  “program that sends tens of thousands of Cuban medical professionals to foreign countries to work under conditions that qualify as human trafficking.”

Rubio teamed up with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-NJ, to introduce the legislation which condemns the Cuban regime, noting it sends “thousands of Cuban medical professionals” who are forced  “to participate in a state-sponsored program to work in Brazil, where they are subject to wage garnishing, restrictions on their movement, and constant surveillance by the Cuban regime -- conduct that constitutes state-sponsored human trafficking.”

On Thursday, Rubio weighed in on why he had introduced the resolution. 

“It is outrageous, though not surprising, that the Cuban dictatorship continues to manipulate and traffic physicians in order to enrich itself,” Rubio said. “This form of forced labor should not go unnoticed by the international community. We must stand against the regime’s modern-day slavery scheme and support the doctors seeking justice after serving in these so-called international medical missions.”

“For 60 years, the Cuban regime has been finding new ways to exploit its people,” Menendez said. “Recent information from Brazil shows how the Cuban government profits from its state-sponsored foreign medical missions, which they sell as medical diplomacy but look a lot more like indentured servitude. This bipartisan resolution sheds additional light on the Cuban regime’s role in human trafficking, and is another call for greater accountability from Cuban officials, their overseas partners, and the international community.”

Last month, three Republicans--U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen--representing South Florida in Congress took aim at the Cuban regime as it ends its partnership in the “Mais Medicos” (“More Doctors”) program in Brazil even as some Cuban health care workers file a lawsuit “alleging that the Pan American Health Organization facilitated the human trafficking of thousands of Cuban medical professionals.” Curbelo and Ros-Lehtinen are no longer in Congress. Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell defeated Curbelo in November while Ros-Lehtinen retired after almost three decades in Congress.

Back in November. Cuba announced it was ending its role in Mais Medicos since incoming Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tightened up requirements for Cubans coming into his country to practice medicine. With Cuba ordering its residents to return, some Mais Medicos professionals are suing, insisting the communist regime is engaged in human trafficking. Cubans make up 46 percent of Mais Medicos professionals in Brazil. 

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This is ridiculous, what would he call Doctors Without Borders or any other type of humanitarian aid, these are people who are training others for the goodness of health. Not making more money however would always be recognized as a negative in an imperialistic capitalist economy.

Florida's "Child Senator" AND New Jersey's "Child Molesting Senator" 'TEAM UP' to "end human trafficking"...(WHAT A JOKE !) The BEST WAY to "end human trafficking" is to BUILD A WALL ACROSS OUR SOUTHERN BORDER TO STOP THE "CARAVAN MIGRATIONS".. (and then, send the 250,000 Puerto Rican gypsies in South Florida, and the 50,000 Puerto Rican gypsies in New York back to help REBUILD THEIR ISLAND !!!!! ) { OK, problem solved !....... NEXT ? }

Listen up! Nutsy Fagan has spoken!

Hi marco !

Rubio is headlines again. He doesn't care how he gets ink just so he gets ink. If I were advising him I would tell him to avoid being cited with Menendez in the same sentence. Perhaps the old "Birds of a Feather" might apply here.

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