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house Bill H.R. 573

Should Visas be Available for Cubans to Play Baseball in the U.S.?

Argument in favor

There are already Cuban nationals playing professional baseball in the U.S. — this bill would simply allow them to do so through normal processes without having to defect.

Gilberto's Opinion
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05/30/2017
Visas should be available for all Cubans not just baseball players
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05/28/2017
Yes, they should. And while we're at it, we should extend those rights to all Cubans, provided they pass our rigorous immigration test.
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Craig's Opinion
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05/30/2017
We should have normal relations with Cuba. The Cold War is over and they do not pose any threat.
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Argument opposed

Baseball players shouldn’t be exempt from travel prohibitions that apply to the Cuban public. Either all Cubans should be eligible for visas or none should.

Karen's Opinion
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05/29/2017
All Cubans should have an opportunity to apply for visas. No need to favor athletes over other worthy citizens of Cuba.
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Ron's Opinion
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05/29/2017
If they apply the visa rules evenly to all, it's ok. If it's a favor to rich guys who own baseball teams, no.
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Michael's Opinion
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05/29/2017
All or none. As long as the individual passes the visa screening give them a visa.
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Title

Baseball Diplomacy Act

Official Title

To waive certain prohibitions with respect to nationals of Cuba coming to the United States to play organized professional baseball.

Summary

Baseball Diplomacy Act This bill waives certain foreign assistance and trade and travel prohibitions against Cuba under specified federal law regarding Cuban nationals who: (1) enter the United States on a visa to play organized professional baseball, and (2) return to Cuba with their baseball earnings.Such visa shall be valid only for the duration of the season and need not be renewed as long as the player remains with the same team. The bill prohibits the President from denying visas to such nationals based upon authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act to restrict any entry of aliens or class of aliens that would be detrimental to U.S. interests. This bill shall not be affected by the economic embargo requirements against Cuba under the Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996.

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      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedJanuary 13th, 2017
    Visas should be available for all Cubans not just baseball players
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    All Cubans should have an opportunity to apply for visas. No need to favor athletes over other worthy citizens of Cuba.
    Like (83)
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    If they apply the visa rules evenly to all, it's ok. If it's a favor to rich guys who own baseball teams, no.
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    Yes, they should. And while we're at it, we should extend those rights to all Cubans, provided they pass our rigorous immigration test.
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    All or none. As long as the individual passes the visa screening give them a visa.
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    We should have normal relations with Cuba. The Cold War is over and they do not pose any threat.
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    They all should be able to. It makes no sense to single out just baseball players.
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    No - make visas available for all Cubans, not just athletes.
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    Why should professional athletes get special consideration ? Visas to live and work in the U.S. should not be limited to the wealthy.
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    All Cubans should be given Visas, not only sports players. If anything we should look at giving educators the first Visas
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    All Cubans or none should get visas - and I would support all.
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    Absolutely! Why not extend visas to ALL law abiding Cubans?
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    A Cuban should not have to be a baseball star in order to be able to receive a visa, and even if they are, they shouldn't have to remain on the same team in order to keep the visa. Cuban people deserve the same entry and visas into the United States that would be given to immigrants from any other country.
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    Is this a new method of supporting Cuba? Baseball players send US currency home to help grandmother.
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    Keep borders open. Our current unemployment rate indicates that tighter employment conditions will cause wages to rise, profit margins to fall, employers to start layoffs, and the stock market will roll over. As anyone knows, reducing sources of competition, in this case foreign workers, increases complacency of US workforce, thereby decreasing US competitiveness over time. This is really simple stuff!
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    Visas should be available to all Cubans.
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    Why are we giving exemptions to Cuban baseball players? We shouldn't pick and choose which Cuban nationals are allowed to come to U.S. without visa restrictions. The restrictions should be lifted for all Cubans! And this misguided policy towards the country should end!
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    Visas should be available to all law abiding Cubans. What a lovely way to help promote democracy!
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    Grant visas to all Cubans.
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    There is a black market for transporting ball players from Cuba, Latin and South America to the US for base ball. Sometimes the players are kidnaped, held for ransom and are killed if not paid. This is big business for criminal gangs and the players do not benefit from any part of the transaction. The criminals may even charge a portion of the players contract for the security of relatives left behind or a finders fee. This is not so straightforward and there is a lot of corruption involved. Major league teams are aware of the racket and still participate. Another approach needs to be use to prevent this form of human trafficking. Vote no.
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