President Obama Takes a Step Forward on U.S.- Cuba Relations

April 14, 2009

By Ursula Oaks

Following President Obama's action on Monday to ease restrictions on family travel, remittances and gifts to Cuba, and to open up telecommunications with the island, NAFSA issued a statement applauding the changes and urging the administration to also remove restrictions on educational travel.

The statement reads, in part:

We now urge the administration to move quickly to rescind the rest of the restrictions on communications with Cuba that were imposed by the Bush administration - restriction on educational travel. At a minimum, the Obama administration should restore the situation to where it was before the Bush administration: Americans should be able to study in Cuba and participate in educational travel to the island, and Cuban scholars should be permitted to attend academic conferences in the United States.

Read the full statement.


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