Republicans Use Back Door Seeking to Keep US Citizens from Traveling to Cuba

American Dream in Havana.  Photo: Juan Suarez
American Dream in Havana. Photo: Juan Suarez

HAVANA TIMES – Republican lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a measure to ban flights and cruises to Cuba. U.S. Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart drafted the legislation, which was tucked into a fat budget bill, according to the Miami Herald. See pages 69-70 and page 154 of the bill, reported Tracey Eaton on Tuesday.

The law is geared to sabotage the opening spearheaded by the Obama administration in its effort to turn the page on over 55 years of hostility and reestablish diplomatic and trade relations with Havana.

At present US citizens can travel to Cuba on charter flights under a license obtained by certain travel agencies.  The twelve categories allowed for such travel, expanded by President Obama, does not include tourism as a valid reason to visit the neighboring island nation.

The measure is expected to face opposition in Congress, where another group (bipartisan) of lawmakers has introduced legislation seeking to repeal all restrictions on travel to Cuba, noted Reuters.


7 thoughts on “Republicans Use Back Door Seeking to Keep US Citizens from Traveling to Cuba

  • Brother Lewis, you are the one who speaks about freedom. How could you criticize the Cuban Government when you are restricting the free movement or travel of your free people who are living under Democracy and the freest country in the world? The Americans always speak with a forked tongue and no one can hold on to, or respect their mutterings for they bear no truth, they bear no weight, they bear no foundation, they bear no trust: You boast that you are the freest country in the world, but the rest of the world has concluded that this is not so!! The rich are free in your country, but those who are not wealthy, the ODDS are stacked very unfairly against them!!

  • Talk about Communist dictatorship? In the land of the free, people are forced to obey their Congress as to where and where not they can travel. The Canadians, the Germans, the French, the Spanish, and others from all over Europe have been traveling to Cuba for years and enjoying the humane and genuine hospitality of the Cuban people who are so very friendly, but the so-called freest country in the world is denying its free citizens the right to travel to Cuba. Am I not correct when I say that the Government of America is the Greatest Threat to Peace, Harmonious Relationship and coexistence in the world? One would have believed that the representatives of the people should be the servants of the people, but it has been demonstrated to all and sundry that, in America, the representatives are the dictators of the people. What kind of democracy can America be speaking about? I vote for a man to represent me for four years and, during that four years I do not see him again. He takes my country to war without consulting me; he imposes embargoes upon countries without my consent, he imposes sanctions on countries without my input, he is bent on regime change when I want to establish friendly relationship with those countries because I want to live in peace with all countries, then, after an absence of four years without consulting me on anything, he comes back to tell me that I must pat him on the back and say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant when he has demonstrated that he is my boss and not my servant.” Is this what they refer to as Democracy? I am much freer in Cuba, for, when my representative does not report to me about his stewardship, I can change him at any time. This is real Democracy!

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