The new Administration is wasting no time changing the official US policies of the last forty-five years. It now appears that travel restrictions for US citizens going to Cuba may be lifted. This may go to show that our resolve is weakening, while the Castro brothers are able to rule Cuba at their whim.
In addition, what sort of example does this go to show the rest of the world? Flout US will and human rights, and we will reward you? Soon, American markets may be open to Cuban goods and Fidel might be riding around in a new Cadillac.
The Congress and the executive branch need to realize that with power comes responsibility.
The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 4 would allow American citizens unrestricted travel to Cuba for the first time since 1963. The bill by Rep. William Delahunt, D-Mass., and eight co-sponsors would also lift limits on travel by Cuban exiles living in the United States. The president would not be able to regulate travel to the island unless an armed conflict or armed danger arises.
The bill has gone too far, said Francisco "Pepe" Hernandez, president of the Cuban American National Foundation. Cuban exiles should visit their families whenever they want, but tourists shouldn't spend money in resorts that Cubans are barred from. "It's improper and should not be allowed until the Cuban government makes some reforms," he said.
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