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Obama to Lift Travel Restrictions on Cuban-Americans

The 1.5 million Americans with relatives in Cuba will soon be able to travel freely to Cuba and transfer money to their family members on the island. The Obama administration hopes that the ease in restrictions will help reduce Cuban dependence on the communist regime, eventually making way for political change.

Under Bush, Cuban-Americans were only allowed to travel to Cuba for two weeks every three years.

The administration will also allow US telecom companies to provide cell phone and television services to Cubans.

An official announcement will come later today. Do you think it sounds like a good plan? Should all Americans be able to travel freely to Cuba?


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Marni7 Marni7 8 years
GREAT news!
vrosapastel89 vrosapastel89 8 years
Thats happy for ya!!
Sarana Sarana 8 years
Yes they should be able to, if you claim to be a free country how can you than deny your citizens free travel?
Calimie Calimie 8 years
Thank God! The only thing the embargo is achieving is to put more suffering on the Cubans and their families.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Momma, good luck with everything. My thoughts are with your family. I'll add a :woohoo: to the news...
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
I've definitely done the sneak path as a child.
janneth janneth 8 years
I wonder which states do that.
ladychaos ladychaos 8 years
Yay! I'm excited for that! However, for those of you that mentioned the embargo, did you know that individual state governments can trade with Cuba on a cash-only basis? Little known fact that I stumbled across on a government website.
janneth janneth 8 years
Yes, let everyone travel there. Connecting more with Cuba will do more to influence them than all this embargo business.
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
this is awesome. hope to see the progress continue!
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Myst is right, I've had friends that had to "sneak" into Cuba via other countries just to get there....
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Great news, momma tikita, I really hope that your family is able to see your uncle or someone can go and be with him.
Myst Myst 8 years
actually CG, to travel there before, people had to travel to places like Mexico to get to Cuba and they couldn't send money the traditional way such as Western Union, they had to go to places like C.A.M or other companies that deal with Carribbean nations and charge way to much money. This is a good thing. The embargo did nothing for over 40 years.
stephley stephley 8 years
Good luck Momma T.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Yup. I called my grandma today and she cried on the phone when I told her the news. I have an uncle who's dying of cancer over there and none of us here have been able to visit. Hopefully we'll plan something out soon to head over there.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 8 years
I am so glad that Cuban Americans can now go home when they want to! I have a Cuban American friend who was unable to be with her grandmother when she passed, due to the previous policy. It is about time it changed!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
they could travel home, and send money before, just with restrictions. Those restrictions were there, because the cuban government failed to recognize its own citizens rights as human beings, plus they shot down planes with people who were trying to help those cuban citizens. in 2007 48% of americans agreed with keeping that embargo.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Yeap it's truly UnAmerican that Cuban Americans can not travel and send money home to family members. There are many other countries who's politics/policies we do not agree with but there American family members can visit them and also send money home.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
:woohoo: I was so happy reading this in the morning. Its about time.
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