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U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC sending 'young leaders' to D.C. to fight new policy


A group of young Cuban-American conservatives from Miami plans to travel to Washington D.C. this week to oppose President Obama's rapprochement with Cuba.

Members of the hard-line U.S.-Cuba Democracy Political Action Committee's Young Leaders Group -- all under age 35 -- want to make their case to federal lawmakers that closer ties to Cuba won't help democracy efforts on the island.

They plan to meet with Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Claire McCaskill of Missouri, and Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, all Democrats who recently visited Cuba. Also on tap are meetings with one of the U.S. facilitators of the talks that led to the new policy, Ricardo Zuñiga of the National Security Council, and with Mark Wells of the office of Cuban affairs at the U.S. State Department.

"We are going to Washington because we cannot accept our government abandoning Cuba's brave democracy activists in favor of sitting down with a repressive Cold War dictatorship," Rudy Mayor, director of the Young Leaders Group, said in a statement. "We need to invest in Cuba's democratic future, not it's 80-year-old totalitarian leaders."

Before the trip, the group met with Cuban dissidents Jorge Luis García Pérez (better known as Antúnez) and Rosa María Payá.