U.S. Senator advocates for unrestricted travel to Cuba

Posted: 23-May-16 19:47

An American political leader is pledging his support for Americans to travel to Cuba void of restrictions. The Pennsylvania democrat claims after more than 50 years, America's imposed travel restrictions haven't helped the Cuban people but rather the act of lifting those restrictions could finally produce the desired effect.

U.S. Senator advocates for unrestricted travel to Cuba

After decades of American imposed travel restrictions on Cuba, one U.S. Senator is adding his voice to efforts aimed at fully lift the constraints for the good of the Cuban and American people. Democrat Bob Casey, of Pennsylvania, laid out his concerns and solutions in a press released recently published by Political News.

In the release, Senator Casey announces his co-sponsorship of the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act. The act is calling for unrestricted access for Americans to now travel to Cuba. The accompanying press release summarizes what he believes the embargo has done to the Cuban people, essentially he says, the opposite of what it was intended to do.

According to Casey:

“In December 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the United States policy towards Cuba. Decades of isolation have not brought the profound change for which many hoped. I believe it is time to take incremental steps towards a more open relationship with the people of Cuba, starting with allowing unrestricted travel to Cuba for Americans.”

Casey makes a point of acknowledging that unlike Cuba, Americans aren’t prevented from travelling to other countries in the world, including North Korea and Iraq, which he points to as having poor human rights records and repressive regimes. Cuba, of course, is not Iran.

He continues in writing that he believes people-to-people tours are a good way to not only build ties between citizens but also promote U.S. interests. He also claims that these types of trips will impress upon Cuban leaders the role of a more open and pluralistic society. The senator says by expanding travel it will help the nation’s entrepreneurs.

This could greatly impact the Cuban tourism industry, already welcoming Americans in record numbers as visitors flock to the island to get there before the next round of tourists arrives. New hotels and restaurants are planned and services such as private cars are being expanded to accommodate the crowds.

Casey points out that many Cuban-Americans he’s heard from are “cautiously optimistic” about the future, adding, “I believe allowing Americans to travel to Cuba, free of restrictions, is a prudent first step.”

Until that happens, it is clear that many U.S. citizens are taking steps themselves. Recently, researchers at the University of Havana acknowledged American visitors are already arriving at a rate that’s increased by 94-percent over the past couple of years, a rate which grew by 15-percent during the first three months of this year alone.


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