INCREMENTALLY LIFTING THE EMBARGO ON CUBA IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

April Freeman for Congress

December 20, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

INCREMENTALLY LIFTING THE EMBARGO ON CUBA IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.

(Fort Myers, Florida) – Today, Southwest Florida Congressional Candidate April Freeman released these statements regarding an announcement made this week by the President to lift the Embargo on Cuba.

"In early October the President made a major decision regarding U.S. relations with Cuba by extending the commercial embargo against Cuba for one more year, so to say the announcement was unexpected is an understatement. The 53 year policy is not working and I've been talking about this for years. Incrementally lifting the Embargo on Cuba will not only create new opportunity for Cuban citizens but will also relieve a large part of a problem we have right here in SW Florida," said Freeman.

"The Presidential announcement would include re-opening the U.S. Embassy in Havana, give internet accessibility to many Cuban citizens, increase banking opportunities and will ease certain travel restrictions to Cuba." Freeman explained further in a statement released by her communications team. "Sending American Diplomats, business people, and tourists to Cuba while increasing access to technology has to be good for education, freedom and working towards democracy. That doesn't mean we should stop the current efforts to reform the dictatorship."

"The Cuban Embargo has long been partially responsible for immigration issues and the continuation allowed for nearly fifty-thousand Cubans each year to enter this country illegally --most of them ending up right here in Florida."

Freeman goes further to say, "Senator Marco Rubio has a valid point by saying Venezuela cannot afford to continue to subsidize this regime and that we are handing them a lifeline that will prolong their existence. For me the argument would be, sooner or later the regime is going to fail and when that happens, we as a compassionate country should want Cuba to have a civil society, potential for economic growth and be a decent place to live, to visit and to do business."

"The President cannot completely lift the Embargo on Cuba, it will take an act of Congress. With a Republican super majority in the new 114th Congress this January it will be interesting to see what happens next. It's my hope there will be significant progress in the very near future --lifting the Embargo on Cuba is the right thing to do," said Freeman.

April Freeman is a community leader and business owner who worked in the political field, and film industry before launching her candidacy for U.S. Congress. April has received a number of endorsements from labor, environmental, human rights, equality and women's rights organizations. She lives in Cape Coral with her husband David and they have two daughters.

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