“We are deeply disturbed that an entry visa was granted, once again, to Mariela Castro in clear violation of Congressional intent and U.S. law,” Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Albio Sires (D-N.J.) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry. “Mariela Castro is the daughter of Cuban dictator Raul Castro, niece of Fidel Castro, and a high-level member of Cuba’s Communist Party. As such, she should not be permitted U.S. entry.”
Cuban-American lawmakers 'deeply disturbed' by latest visa to Castro daughter
Castro, who became a deputy in the Cuban Congress earlier this year, has been granted a visa so she can receive an award for her gay-rights advocacy at the Equality Forum's annual conference in Philadelphia on Saturday. A similar visit last year became an election-year issue, with Democrats calling Republicans to task for not criticizing Castro's previous visits under President George W. Bush.