Washington D.C.— Today, Congressman Sires issued the following statement on the passing of Fidel Castro, the dictator who ruled Cuba for nearly half a century.

“Fidel Castro defiled democracy, oppressed innocent people, and imprisoned a nation with his totalitarian tactics. His passing needs to serve as a new dawn for the Cuban people who are yearning for freedom. The international community should seize this moment and insist that the Cuban people deserve more. We must insist that all political prisoners are freed and that basic human rights are respected. The Cuban people deserve to live in a society where they have the freedom to access information, to organize, to worship, and to speak what is on their mind without fear of being thrown into the gulags.

When I was only 11 years old my parents made the courageous decision to leave the island to protect my family from Castro’s communist ways. It is thanks to their sacrifice that I was able to grow up in the United States of America, where I enjoyed the basic freedoms and human rights that the Cuban people both deserve and desire. It is time to honor the sacrifices made by them and the countless families who continue fighting tirelessly to shed light on an island that has been shrouded in darkness for far too long.”


  1. Albio shut the F#$k up, you are a dictator too. You left WNY in the ruins and you still want to have your dictatorship hands in WNY. You’re a disgrace and an EMBARRASSMENT to the Cuban community. Do all of us a favor and Go hide in your Florida home and don’t return to Jersey. What have you done for the Cubans while you in office? Other than talk shit. Wipe your mouth with Scott Toliet paper cause you’re talking alot of mierda. Come pinga go to hell with Castro.

  2. Albio is a solid representation of the first wave of hard working and educated Cubans to settle in West New York. From that generation graduated doctors, lawyers, and teachers that gave back to their home town. They fled the oppression of a dictatorship and educated the children of new generations. They were men and women that without a doubt left a mark to the town that open their arms. Albio a great Cuban American like many others in the town of West New York. The same freedom and values that protect your opinion and your right to express it. America is Great!