A Tale of Two Cubas: The Controversial Diplomatic Debate

MIAMI—The debate of how the United States should move forward in its relationship with Cuba remains a hot topic — especially in Miami, Fla.

Miami, with its large Cuban population, represents two strong arguments from both sides of the debate—presenting a tale of two Cubas.

In December 2014, President Obama announced measures his administration would take to normalize relations with Cuba. The move came after 18 months of undercover talks between the two countries.

Just a few months ago, Cuba released 53 prisoners in conjunction with the new policy. These advancements mark the most dramatic change in diplomacy since 1961 when an embargo was imposed against Cuba.

First generation Cuban immigrant Carlos Reyes, who opposes Obama’s outreach to Cuba, does not believe the two countries can have a sustainable relationship.

He says the U.S. will simply concede to the wants of the Castro regime without pushing for human rights and better living conditions for Cubans.

“What they [the Cuban government] is looking for is for themselves, not for the Cuban people,” Reyes said in an interview with The Daily Signal.

Reyes came to America in 1957 after working on his family’s farm. He wanted a better life for himself, and from afar over the past five decades, he has wished for his native country to be freed from the grips of Communism.

“Right now, a relationship between the U.S. and Cuba, I don’t see any way it can be done,” Reyes added.

Ricardo Herrero serves as Director of Cuba Now, an organization that promotes policies in the U.S. to end the embargo and renew talks with the communist country.

A Tale of Two Cubas: The Controversial Diplomatic Debate.