Adriana Perez denied visa for ninth time

News from Cuba | Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Wife of Miami 5 prisoner Gerardo Hernandez has not been allowed to visit her husband for 11 years

On Tuesday 14 July 2009, Adriana Perez, wife of Miami Five prisoner Gerardo Hernandez, was notified by the U.S. Interest Section in Havana that her visa application had been denied for the ninth time.

They cited Section 306 of the ‘Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002' as the reason. The exact wording is below but basically it states that she is a danger to national security because she comes from a country which is a state sponsor of terrorism.

The US authorities ignored all of the letters of support which were sent to the Secretary of State and Homeland Security, including a joint letter from the SEIU, USW and the Teamsters unions in the United States.

As this were not enough, they chose to notify Adriana that her visa had been denied on the day of her wedding anniversary.

The Section 306 states that “No nonimmigrant visa under section 101(a)(15) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C.1101(a)(15)) shall be issued to any alien from a country that is a state sponsor of international terrorism unless the Secretary of State determines, in consultation with the Attorney General and the heads of other appropriate United States agencies, that such alien does not pose a threat to the safety or national security of the United States.”

The office of the National Assembly in Havana released the following press release.

Press Release

With unsurpassable cruelty, again, today the State Department denied a visa to Adriana Pérez O’ Connor, preventing her from visiting her husband Geardo Hernández Nordelo who is suffering unjust imprisonment in the United States for peacefully and without arms fighting against the actions of anti-Cuba terrorists groups that have been supported and protected by successive US administrations, including the current one.

For his heroism, Gerardo was sentenced to two life sentences plus 15

years, and as if this brutal and illegal punishment was not enough, the US government has prohibited him for 11 years to receive visits from his wife. This decision confirms that, as far as sponsoring terrorism against Cuba, nothing has changed in Washington.

In unprecedented cynicism, the US Secretary of State considers that Adriana “constitutes a threat to the national stability and security of the United States”.

Before so much indecency, words are not neccesary.

Until when?

July 15, 2009

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