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June 7th, 2022

Cowardly & Politicized: The Biden Admin’s Summit of the Americas 2022

The Biden administration’s decision to exclude Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua from the ninth “Summit of the Americas” is unacceptable. It is cowardly and highly politicized. Indeed, if the standard for inclusion in this summit is a stellar records on human rights, the United States – which upholds overtly racist laws, leads the world in incarceration rates, and is prepared to eliminate safe access to abortion – should not be permitted to participate.

The Biden administration has failed our Latin American families by refusing to reverse punitive sanctions and restrictions. Flimsy incremental changes — like lifting Cuban travel restrictions — are simply not enough.

It’s clear that the Biden administration is not invested in the kind of meaningful, material change to international relations required to move the Americas to an equal economic footing.

Regional progress – regional strategy – cannot be made at the exclusion of nations whose economic, social, and political interiors have deep impacts on the Americas as a whole.

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