Congressman Scott Garrett

Representing the 5th District of New Jersey

Garrett: President Should Not Visit Cuba Until Murderers are Returned to U.S.

Feb 18, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05) issued the following statement after the Obama Administration announced the president will visit Cuba and meet with President Castro as early as next month:

“I’m disappointed that President Obama is willing to travel to Cuba knowing full well that the Castro regime mocks our laws and continues to harbor convicted New Jersey cop-killer Joanne Chesimard and terrorist William Morales. Despite repeated calls from me and my colleagues, the president has yet to mention the extradition of U.S. fugitives as a condition of building diplomatic relations. Cuba’s refusal to return the fugitives is insulting to everyone who has waited years to see these cold-blooded killers face justice, and the president must prioritize the extradition of U.S. fugitives in all future negotiations with the Cuban regime.”

Garrett has been a longtime critic of the Cuban regime and has repeatedly called on their government to extradite New Jersey cop-killer Joanne Chesimard and terrorist William Morales so they can face justice for their crimes.

Related: - N.J. lawmakers urge no funding for Cuban relations until Chesimard is returned to U.S.
The Express-Times - Lawmakers lambaste Cuba's decision to protect N.J. cop-killer Joanne Chesimard
Miami Herald - Hiding in Cuba, fugitive Joanne Chesimard remains a terrorist thug
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