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In a recent interview on President Obama announced steps on Cuba, Representative Huizenga indicated that he wishes to continue with the current embargo on Cuba. This is the same embargo that hasn't worked in its original goal of ousting the communist government, and at the same time has constrained our abilities to promote positive change both in Cuba specifically and Latin America generally.

Normalizing relations will bring a wide set of benefits to both the Cuban people and to the American people. I urge him to reconsider and complete the legislative process of fully dismantling this failed policy."For too long, the question of what to do with the millions of immigrants here in the US but without documents has been an acute crisis without resolution. The President's actions obviously won't solve that crisis completely or permanently, but it's a good first step, one that should be followed up by legislative action, especially in the US House, which so far has failed to act entirely on the question.

In Ottawa County, and especially here in Holland, there are many families that can take comfort in knowing that the risk of deportation, the risk of familial breakup, has measurably abated. These measures deserve all the support our community can offer.

Doug Zylstra, Chair

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