…the Dems are proposing a The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act:
Bill would drop travel restrictions to Cuba
While most of the nation focused on the stimulus bill winding through Congress, nine representatives introduced a bill calling for an end to the 46-year-old ban on travel to Cuba.
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.
Co-sponsors to the bill include representatives Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Sam Farr, D-Calif., and Ron Paul, R- Texas.
So here’s the story:
By enacting this bill the US would be allowing a major shift in policy without demanding an equal, in-kind gesture from Cuba. Cubans (and foreign residents, as Roberto Ampuero found out to his dismay) residing in the island-prison are not allowed to travel without the direct permission of the Cuban government. Anyone else who leaves immediately loses everything they have, job and possessions.
A great deal of travel to Cuba is for sex tourism. Any other tourist activity is totally controlled by the Cuban government. Cubans, under this apartheid system, are not allowed into tourist-only areas unless they work there for a salary of $20/month.
Anyone traveling to Cuba for medical treatment also would continue to support the medical apartheid system, by which Cubans without foreign passports and dollars to pay with have to contend with a medical system so lacking that patients have to bring their own suture thread before a surgeon can operate on them.
Just so you know before you pack your bags.
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