Re: “After Decades, Cuba Eases Travel Rules to Maintain Ties”

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Dear Editor,

Your January 13 article, “After Decades, Cuba Eases Travel Rules to Maintain Ties,” overlooked one of the most important aspects of these reforms: their parallels with patterns of U.S. immigration reform now under discussion in Washington. The Cuban government’s decision to ease travel restrictions took effect simultaneously with an announcement by U.S. President Obama in which he declared his intention to push for a comprehensive immigration reform bill which promises to promote new pathways to citizenship for immigrants. Obama’s push for immigration reform should be seen as highly complementary to Cuba’s most recent moves and both have been praised by growing numbers as realistic and progressive. It is important to recognize these new immigration reforms, both in Cuba and the United States, in the context of a bilateral movement toward ending the cold war tensions that are now entirely superfluous.


Erik Svedberg, Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs

In response to The New York Times: After DecadesCuba Eases Travel Rules to Maintain Ties

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4 thoughts on “Re: “After Decades, Cuba Eases Travel Rules to Maintain Ties”

  • February 8, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I had a plan to travel Cuba in 2009 but had to drop it due to the bizarre immigration rules they had at that time. I hope this new rules will help me out in touring the country. When will this new regulations be passed? Can someone help me out? more here

  • February 28, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Over the years cuba has been more of a self laid country. Recently the travel rules have been eased to make ties with foreign countries. This will enable the Cuban people to be better exposed to the world and learn new things. To me this is the first step to achieving unity.

  • April 23, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful, that's what matters to me.

  • April 24, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    So that they were able fight to get out of the slab once theses it had broken up and they were taken in it.


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