MIL-OSI USA: Salazar Introduces Law to Shield America’s Antiterrorism Infrastructure from the Cuban Regime

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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman María Elvira Salazar’s (FL-27)

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Rep. María Elvira Salazar (R-FL) joined Reps. Carlos Giménez (R-FL) Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), and Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) in introducing the bipartisan Secure Airports from Enemies (SAFE) Act. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) is introducing companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.

This legislation prevents America’s enemies from touring sensitive antiterrorism infrastructure, particularly when they are on the State Sponsors of Terrorism List.

The Biden Administration allowing the Cuban Regime to tour sensitive areas of Miami International Airport is a major security breach and should never have happened,” said Rep. Salazar. “Congress must step in to ensure we do not parade the Cuban Regime or any other State Sponsor of Terrorism around secure U.S facilities.

On Cuban Independence Day 2024, officials from the Castro regime were granted access to secure Transportation Security Administration (TSA) antiterrorism facilities at Miami International Airport. In response, Congresswoman Salazar quickly condemned the move, affirming that allowing officials from a regime on the State Sponsors of Terrorism List amounts to a major national security breach.

In response, Rep. Salazar joined fellow Florida Reps. Giménez and Díaz Balart and Senators Rubio and Scott in sending a letter to the heads of the TSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) demanding an explanation for the visit. This letter also served as the motivation for introducing the SAFE Act.

President Biden & Secretary Mayorkas granted agents of the Castro regime access to our sensitive TSA facilities at Miami International Airport. This dangerous decision undermines our national security and puts passengers in serious risk,” said Rep. Giménez. “I’m proud to introduce the bipartisan SAFE Act in the House of Representatives and work alongside my dear friend, Senator Marco Rubio, championing this effort in the Upper Chamber, to make sure this never happens again.

It’s absurd America has hosted officials from nations currently designated as State Sponsors of Terrorism,” said Senator Rubio. “We must ensure this administration is not enabling foreign operatives to learn of our aviation security measures aimed at keeping Americans safe.

As co-chair of the Cuba Democracy Caucus, I’m deeply concerned by the threat posed to Floridians and U.S. national security by Cuban officials touring secure areas at Miami International Airport,” said Rep. Wasserman Schultz. “I am proud to help lead this bill to protect Americans from transnational surveillance, repression, and terrorism, and safeguard our ongoing support for pro-democracy voices suffering under the cruelty of autocratic regimes like Cuba, Venezuela, and Iran.

Our airports need an all-around-approach to security. It makes no sense why officials from terrorist sponsoring countries would be granted access to sensitive areas of airports,” said Rep. Moskowitz. “It is my hope that this was a mistake from TSA and that this type of access for conflicted foreign officials is never granted again. We must do better on this.

Protecting U.S. airports and sensitive government facilities is crucial to our national security. American taxpayer money should not be used to allow individuals associated with a country designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism to access any U.S. airport or sensitive government facility,” said Rep. Díaz-Balart. I commend my Florida colleagues for uniting on this bill to prioritize our national security and ensure that state sponsors of terrorism are not permitted to view critical U.S. security facilities again.

Click here for the full text of the legislation.