June 13, 2024

Biden Grants Asylum to Cuban Communist Official as Political Prisoner Count Surpasses 1,100

The Biden administration allowed entry to U.S. territory to Arelys Casañola Quintana, an official of Cuba’s communist Castro regime now requesting asylum proceedings out of “fear of socialism,” in accordance to a report published by Martí Noticias on Thursday.

Martí Noticias, a U.S-based outlet centered on Cuba, said that 56-year-old Casañola Quintana served as president of the Municipal Assembly of People’s Power on the Isla de la Juventud island between 2012 and 2018. The Municipal Assemblies are the communist regime’s highest native authorities in every of Cuba’s areas.

Casañola Quintana and her son, Fidel Alejandro Espinosa Casañola, arrived in Kentucky after requesting asylum on April 20, 2024, by the Biden Administration’s CBP One software, a platform utilized by migrants to enter U.S. territory. Martí Noticas reported that Casañola Quintana claimed “fear of socialism” as the rationale for her asylum request.

The Castro regime official and her son reportedly arrived in Mexico, the place they waited an unspecified period of time for his or her CBP One asylum appointment, after which entered the United States by the southern border.

Cuban media shops on the time reported Casañola Quintana’s presence in Mexico and her intention to enter the United States since not less than November, denouncing her in depth public monitor document as a member of the communist Castro regime.

Casañola Quintana was allegedly an lively member of the Communist Party of Cuba and the regime’s Federation of Cuban Women, as nicely as the pinnacle of the Union of Young Communists and former positions amongst a few of Cuba’s state-owned enterprises.

Martí Noticias reported that it held a phone dialog with considered one of Casañola Quintana’s relations, who confirmed that she entered the United States by the CPB One software and that “she does not want to talk to the press about her communist past.”

Martí Noticias relayed that each Casañola Quintana and her son deleted their Facebook profiles upon being contacted by the information outlet, however a profile underneath the title of Arelys Casañola Quintana nonetheless seems to exist on Twitter, actively sharing pro-Castro regime propaganda till May 2023.

The U.S-based outlet reached out to Cuban residents to know their ideas on the Castro regime official’s arrival to the United States.

María Antonia Guerra, a Cuban citizen from Isla de la Juventud, mentioned that everybody on the island is outraged, as Casañola Quintana “spoke wonders” of late dictator Fidel Castro, his brother and successor Raúl Castro, and the regime’s figurehead president Miguel Díaz-Canel.

“She went around the towns asking people to trust in the revolution and socialism,” Guerra mentioned.” Everyone is outraged on the island. How can they let somebody like that into the United States?”

Cuban activist Ramón Salazar advised Martí Noticias that it’s a “shame” that somebody “with those credentials” was allowed to enter the United States.

“We want to bring the matter to U.S. immigration authorities to let them know that this lady, during her time as president of the People’s Power, ordered and participated in acts of repudiation against opponents and is also a member of the Communist Party of Cuba,” Salazar mentioned.

“We ask that her case be analyzed and that she be returned to Cuban territory,” he continued. “She enjoyed the benefits of the dictatorship and now she also wants to do it with the United States of America.”

The information of the alleged Castro regime official being allowed entry within the United States by the administration of President Joe Biden comes as the Cuban human rights group Prisoners Defenders launched its newest report confirming the existence of not less than 1,100 political prisoners in Cuba — together with 30 youngsters, of which 15 have been convicted on “sedition” prices.

Prisoner Defenders, a non-governmental group primarily based in Spain, mentioned in its report that, as well as to the 1,100 political prisoners, there are greater than 11,000 different civilians dealing with “pre-criminal” jail sentences that common two years and 10 months.

The human rights group defined that the sentences, issued with out legal convictions or due course of, got to people alleged to generally tend to commit crimes sooner or later “due to the conduct they observe in manifest contradiction with the norms of socialist morality” as said in Cuba’s pre-2023 Penal Code.

Prisoner Defender mentioned that, whereas the Castro regime reformed the penal code and changed it with a brand new one which “eliminates” the articles that established the “pre-delictive” clauses, the apply nonetheless continues by new articles that “allow everything to remain exactly the same.”

The human rights group accused the Castro regime of wanting “to silence, at all costs,” the households of Cuban political prisoners in worldwide media, and has devoted the efforts of all of its repressive equipment towards unbiased journalists nonetheless working within the nation.

The human rights group cited a number of instances of journalists and residents dealing with repression for his or her journalistic work or for peacefully protesting towards the ruling communist regime — together with the case of 22-year-old Mayelín Rodríguez Prado, who was sentenced by he Castro regime this month to 15 years in jail for the alleged crimes of “continued enemy propaganda” and “sedition.”

Rodríguez Prado was detained by Castro regime officers in August 2022 and accused of the fees she is now serving a jail sentence for after she filmed and revealed footage on social media of the peaceable protests that happened within the municipality of Nuevitas.

At the time, a whole lot of Cubans in Nuevitas had taken the streets to peacefully demand an finish to greater than six many years of communist rule in Cuba and an finish to the near-endless blackouts and different inhumane residing situations that the Castro regime continues to topic Cubans to.

The footage published by Rodríguez Prado on the time confirmed Cuban law enforcement officials beating Cuban citizen José Armando Torrente and three 11-year-old ladies, together with Torrente’s daughter. One of the ladies, presumed to be Torrente’s daughter, described in one other video published on the time how she tried to battle law enforcement officials herself to defend her father.

“I was holding on to my dad, and she was holding on to my dad, and then, to arrest my dad, the police had to hit us,” the woman mentioned. “I also hit them because they hit me.”

Christian Okay. Caruzo is a Venezuelan author and paperwork life underneath socialism. You can observe him on Twitter here.