MIAMI—A group of Cuban exiles who favor easing relations with Cuba are warning President Bush his new policy tightening restrictions on Cuba will cost him votes.
Five organizations said they will encourage exiles to work against the
president’s re-election, The Miami Herald reported Tuesday.
Their position puts them in opposition to thousands of other exiles who support
the president’s policy, announced last week.
Andres Gomez of the Antonio Maceo Brigade said 140,000 Cuban-Americans visited
Cuba last year, and 100,000 of them were from south Florida.
He said many of them will now vote against Bush. There are about 800,000
Cuban-Americans in south Florida.
Max Lesnick of the Alianza Martiana said, “This is a political mistake and it’s
inhumane. This will boomerang” on the administration.
The new policy tightens the current limits of one visit a year, to one visit
every three years. It also limits the remittances Cuban-Americans can send to
relatives in Cuba.