GOP lawmaker “would have raised hell” if he’d known Bush gave visa to Castro’s daughter (Video)
Diaz-Balart claimed that he and other Cuban-American lawmakers did not know of the Bush administration’s decision to grant Mariela Castro permission to visit the U.S. a decade ago until it was reported this week.
“This is the first time we found out that she had come before,” the ex-Florida congressman told Univision News after appearing on Al Punto with Jorge Ramos.
Diaz-Balart’s comments come amid astaunch political backlash against the Obama administration’s decision to grant Mariela Castro a visa. Republicans have used the visa as a political cudgel against the president and some Florida Democrats have also criticized the visa.
But Obama’s allies have looked to disarm the controversy by pointing to the fact Mariela Castro visited the United States three times under Obama’s Republican predecessor. U.S. State Department spokesman William Ostick told the Miami Herald that Mariela Castro visited once in 2001 and twice in 2002.
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