Foreign Policy: Ending the Embargo on Cuba
Positive momentum is building toward the full restoration of diplomatic ties with Cuba. Yet the travel ban and trade embargo still exist, making Cuba the only country in the world that the U.S. government prevents its citizens from visiting.
At NAFSA, we believe that travel is inherently educational and a human right. That is why over the past ten years we have continued to advocate for removing the policies that prohibit most U.S. citizens from legally traveling to and engaging with Cuba. Together with several other organizations, we celebrated a historic success with the opening of educational exchanges and academic travel to Cuba in 2011. The number of Americans studying in Cuba (which declined by some 90 percent under previously imposed restrictions) is now on the rise.
On December 17, 2014, President Obama announced historic changes to begin the process of normalizing relations with Cuba. Any administration, however, can only ease travel restrictions within the current statutory framework. We urge Congress to do its part in normalizing relations with Cuba by ending the travel ban and lifting the trade embargo so that Americans can engage freely and constructively with Cuba and its people.
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