This is an important step forward for our Cuba policy.
At a time when Cubans are changing their system in fundamental ways, it is a good idea to have greater engagement, more Americans traveling to Cuba, and more opportunities to learn from each other as everyday Cubans reshape their lives and their country.
It is my hope that Members of Congress who represent Cuban Americans – a community that can travel to Cuba without any limits at all – will not make efforts to thwart what the president has done. This step authorizing non-tourist travel is a basic and positive step to take at this time.
The president is to be commended for taking this step to improve our policy and, ideally, to move forward on reforming U.S.-Cuba relations.
We will continue to press for the freedom to travel to Cuba for all Americans.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Sarah Stephens: Asks Cuban-American lawmakers not to interfere with president's actions
Here's a statement from Sarah Stephens of the Center for Democracy in the Americas, which supports President Obama’s executive order expanding travel to Cuba: