Exiles should sponsor Cuban students


Re the Jan. 14 story Without Cuba’s OK, 15 to study at MDC: While our government is on the brink of defaulting on loans, ordered a crippling shutdown and threatens to reduce social services, it gives a $3.4 million, three-year grant to the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba? It is noble to provide scholarships to 15 young Cuban dissidents so they can study at Miami Dade College and live in South Florida.

The premise is that these students have been denied their right to Cuba’s free education because of their government opposition. This is outrageous. Have we forgotten that a big percentage of our own graduates have incredible student loans or cannot afford to pursue a college education at all?

Who are the politicians that lobbied for this? I propose that we, the generous and successful Cuban-exile community, fully sponsor these students. All the money that is funneled to politicians who support the failed embargo can go into this fund.

Ana Butaric, Pembroke Pines

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