Sen. Marco Rubio does not want normalized relations with Cuba. He criticized Cubans taking advantage of Castro's relaxed travel restrictions and the U.S. granting of five-year multi-entry visas because it endangers the special fast-track to residency that Cuban immigrants have enjoyed since 1966.
Unlike any other immigrants that sneak into the U.S., Cubans are not immediately deported and are granted residency within a year and citizenship shortly thereafter.
Let's admit for the moment that the Castro regime is on its last leg. and we are granting it a lifeline. But let's also admit that it can extend no further than their graves.
If declining oil prices cripple Venezuala's ability to prop up the Castro regime, what plan does Sen. Rubio have for a political transition in a country where the U.S. has virtually no influence? What is Sen. Rubio's plan to deal with a Cuban, let us call it, Sugar-Cane Spring?
We have seen regimes toppled several times in the last few decades: Iraq, Syria, Libya and Egypt, for example. None have occurred without major chaos in their region.
In no case were they bloodless or smooth. But these regime changes were a world away. Cuba is a mere 90 miles away.
Conservatives who favor securing our borders by limiting immigration into the U.S. should note that a Sugar-Cane Spring would be a major upheaval in our backyard. It will make the Mariel Boatlift look like a fishing regatta.
On the other hand, if we can increase Cuba's dependence on the U.S., promote travel by Cubans in and out of the U.S., and exchange ideas, we increase the chance for a stable transition of power in Cuba.
Much to Rubio's chagrin, Cubans who make a clandestine entry into the U.S. will be like all other illegal immigrants.