Arturo Lopez-Levy in “The Havana Note” nails the crux of the debate about Cuban American hardline legislators threatening the Cuban Adjustment Act:
The Cuban American right is trying to delay inevitable demographic changes in their districts in the case that, as it is expected, Raul Castro’s government changes its migratory regulations and allows more new-generation Cubans to travel abroad, particularly to the United States. Rivera, Rubio and Diaz-Balart realize that many of the people currently coming from Cuba will not vote for them after naturalization. That is why they are playing Cuban parochial politics with US national interest. Rivera, Diaz-Balart and Rubio want to end the Cuban Adjustment Act in practice, and blame it on Obama‘s liberation of family travel.
That’s all there is. Rubio, Diaz-Balart, Ileana and the rest of the hardline machine do not like the shift in attitudes inside the Cuban American community –and they want to blame it on the new arrivals. They see their influence and ability to get elected waning and, terrified of losing like David Rivera, they have decided to close the spigot.
Of course, by doing this they’ll only hurt the same people they profess to care so much about. Keep that in mind next time they put out a lacrimose and self-aggrandizing press release.