This holiday season, tens of thousands of Cuban-Americans are able to visit their homeland, thanks in part to relaxed travel restrictions put in place by the Obama administration in 2009. But this month a pair of Cuban-American congressman tried to reduce these visits with an attempt to put tighter restrictions back in place.
It came in a provision slipped into a spending bill earlier this month. As Congress debated the bill, U.S. Reps. David Rivera and Mario Diaz-Balart pushed for a provision in the House version that would have brought an end to many if not most of these trips. The congressmen’s provision to end this policy was ultimately dropped.
Since travel restrictions were eased, trips from the United States to Cuba have boomed. In 2010, 300,000 visited Cuba from Miami International Airport alone, according to the Associated Press. Proponents say allowing visits gives Cubans a glimpse of life in the United States and leads them to question their own relatively poor conditions, something that will ultimately undermine the Castro regime’s authority. Anti-Castro Republicans insist that allowing Cuban-Americans to bring money and goods into the country ends up enriching the regime, thereby strengthening it. They argue that travel restrictions need to be stronger, not weaker.
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