MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — A group of local politicians are pushing hard to prevent Cuba from opening a consulate in Miami saying it would inflame passions among Cuban exiles, possibly posing a security risk.
The Miami Herald reports that the Miami-Dade County Commission could vote later this week on a resolution urging President Barack Obama not to allow a Cuban consulate in the county despite thawing relations between the two countries.
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado says he would file a lawsuit to stop a consulate from opening in the city. Regalado was born in Cuba and his father was a political prisoner there for two decades.
In contrast, Tampa leaders have been calling for a Cuban consulate to open in that city. Tampa also has a large Cuban-American population.
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