Interview
"Hispanics are waking up and realizing that we Republicans may be not perfect, but we are not socialists"
María Elvira Salazar is a congresswoman, representative from Florida. In an interview with LPO, this Trump's bridge with Latinos questions DeSantis' deportation of immigrants.

When she was named chairwoman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, María Elvira Salazar anticipated her intransigent line. "The tyrants of Latin America will have their worst nightmare in me!," warned the Republican congresswoman of Cuban origin. Journalist and popular TV host, Salazar is a representative of the state of Florida in Washington. She leads campaigns against the governments of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. At the same time, she looks sideways at other presidents and leaders of the Latin American center-left, such as Cristina Kirchner, Gustavo Petro or Lula da Silva.

Texas congressman Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, defined her as a parliamentary "rockstar". Salazar still has a high and open profile she displayed as an interviewer. The Florida delegate in Washington participated in an inter-partisan event held in Miami-Dade County. The reason was to remember the second anniversary of the anti-government protests in Cuba, occurred on July 11, 2021.

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In the Brigade 2506 Museum, in Hialeah Gardens, a city neighboring Miami, there were Republican and Democratic congressmen. Among them, Salazar, McCaul and Florida Democrats Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Jared Moskowitz.

Cuba continuous to be the Great Satan, with Venezuela and Nicaragua behind, and now it has opened the doors to China, with four spy bases and the possibility of lending the island for military training. Chinese troops in Cuba! That cannot be accepted by any White House.

The congressmen put their domestic differences on hold to agree that China's alleged advance into Cuban territory represents a national security threat to the United States. Defender of Donald Trump on behalf of the country's institutions, Salazar states: "It is a great honor and a privilege that we have Michael McCaul, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, in our community to talk about Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. These are the great sorrows that the United States has in this hemisphere."

María Elvira Salazar, Republican representative from Florida.

How do you define the articulation between these three countries?

The people of the Committee realize that Cuba is still the Great Satan, that they have Venezuela and Nicaragua behind them. President Biden's administration must understand that Cuba continues to be a threat and that it has now opened the doors to China, with four spy bases and the possibility of lending the island to the Chinese for military training of troops. Chinese troops in Cuba! No administration, no White House, can admit that. And that is what is happening at this moment due to the lack of interest, specifically in Cuba.

I do not want to get involved in Argentina's internal affairs. The only thing I would say is: continue with democracy; capitalism and the market economy are the way. They way is not to live off the State.

What should Biden's government do?

Do not give oxygen to those who oppress people with their boots on their napes. It is very simple, you have to help Cubans against the regime and the repression of Castroism that oppresses them. It is not that complicated. Cubans want what everyone in the West wants: freedom, travel, free market, education. It is a lie that they are aliens looking for something else.

"Hispanics are waking up and realizing that we Republicans may be not perfect, but we are not socialists"

Regarding Venezuela, what do you propose?

There will be elections in Venezuela, and there is a candidate named María Corina Machado. So, why don't they allow María Corina to speak to the media so that all Venezuelans, when they arrive at the ballot box, have a minute of silence with their conscience and can vote for whoever they want? Until that happens, it is a dictatorship. And much less negotiate with the oppressor of the Venezuelan people.

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You support a bill by Republican Senator Bill Cassidy to create an Act of the Americas to facilitate investment in Latin America. Does that include the possibility of isolating Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua?

No. That is a great bill that is giving the rest of the countries within the Democratic jurisdiction the possibility of joining Nafta, the Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico. It is a great privilege and a reward for all those countries that want to be within the rules of democratic life. But to gain access, countries have to play by democratic rules.

Why don't they allow María Corina to speak to the media so that all Venezuelans, when they arrive at the ballot box, have a minute of silence with their conscience and can vote for whoever they want?

Which countries don't play by those rules?

Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. If they change the political game, it could be considered, for sure.

Did the Latino vote go Republican?

Hispanics are waking up and realizing that we Republicans may not be perfect, but we are not socialists.

What do you think of Sergio Massa's presidential candidacy in Argentina?

I don't want to get involved in Argentina's internal affairs. The only thing I would say is: keep democracy. Capitalism and the market economy are the way. The way is not to live off the State.

Do you think that Vice President Cristina Kirchner is not on that path?

Argentine justice has said what she is.

What is she?

She's a thief.

"Hispanics are waking up and realizing that we Republicans may be not perfect, but we are not socialists"

Regarding the approximately 13 million "illegal" immigrants in the United States, what path do you propose?

The great solution is a bill called Dignity. I have just presented it in plenary session of Congress. It says that we give dignity to those people who are already inside illegally, but that borders are closed so that no more people enter, adding disorder. It orders, inside and outside.

There must be political will from both parties to sit down to negotiate and solve the immigration problem. And not to put a patch so that within 3 months something else will be tried. The United States is a serious enough country to have a serious immigration policy, but it doesn't.

How would more immigrants without papers be prevented from entering?

No, no more illegals will enter. If you enter illegally, we won't let you in. It is a complete immigration reform. There must be the political will from both parties to sit down to negotiate and solve the immigration problem. And not to put a patch so that within 3 months something else will be tried. The United States is a serious enough country to have a serious immigration policy, but it doesn't.

What do you think of the law promoted by governor Ron DeSantis that toughen the controls on immigrants in Florida?

I think it is a bit of an extreme law, because it has made a lot of people feel uncomfortable. That is why I am introducing my Dignity bill to solve all the problems that all states have when it comes to immigration. It is a law that will provide an answer for everyone, from Florida to New York.

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