In the Smart Traveler section of our September issue, writer Randy B. Hecht wrote that a new resident in the White House could lead to some changes in the U.S.'s nearly five-decade-long ban on travel into Cuba. Hecht writes:
At least 136 lawmakers from both parties have put their names to legislation (four bills in the House, one in the Senate) to end the embargo. That means 25 percent of Congress publicly supports an end to the travel ban.
Hecht notes that neither McCain nor Obama has co-sponsored the legislation, but she speculates that with Fidel no longer in power, the likelihood of a policy change could come about when a new president takes office. Right now Obama has come out to support loosening of travel restrictions for Cuban Americans, while McCain wants to maintain all sanctions until Cuba agrees to diplomatic reforms.
Political persuasions aside, what do you think about the Cuban travel ban?
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