Last updated on: 9/9/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Daisy B. Peñaloza Biography

Title:
Preschool Teacher and Cuban Refugee
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?"
Reasoning:

“Clamors for the embargo’s lifting persist despite the fulfillment of dissident and exile warnings that diplomatic recognition of the Castro regime would strengthen the oppressors and crush popular dissent. The removal of what little trade sanctions remain is legally and morally unjustified…

The oft-repeated rhetoric that the embargo has ‘exacerbated the hardships’ of the Cuban people is untrue. The Castros’ totalitarian system of governance, which has created economic, sociopolitical and spiritual impoverishment, is the veritable culprit, not the embargo. Fifty-five years of global trade with Cuba refutes allegations of enforced isolation. Given Castro’s propensity to default on loans, the embargo has actually saved U.S. taxpayers millions of dollars by denying the corrupt regime easy credit.”

“My View: The U.S. Should Keep the Cuba Embargo in Place,” deseretnews.com, Jan. 29, 2016

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Preschool Teacher
  • Former substitute elementary school teacher, Greenfield Union School District
  • Left Cuba on a US-sponsored Freedom Flight in 1967
Education:

None found

Other:
  • Lives in Bakersfield, CA
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should the United States Maintain Its Embargo against Cuba?