A former Cuban political prisoner is here in Lubbock. He said he's conflicted about the blossoming relationship between Cuba and the United States.
Arquimedes Ruiz, a Texas Tech instructor, opposed President Obama's initial talks with Cuba back in December.
With his wife's return from a trip to Cuba in March, Ruiz said he's gained more perspective on the issue and the 11 million people on the island who Ruiz said have a new-found hope.
"Thinking about 11 million people who right now have some good feeling about life is a positive thing. It's conflicting for me. On one hand I believe the dictatorship doesn't deserve the opportunity that America is giving," Ruiz said.
Ruiz was a political prisoner for 3 and a half years during the 90's under Fidel Castro's rule.
The Ruiz family came to the United States as political refugees.