Tell Your Senators: Support the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act

The American and Cuban flags
Eric, 3, waves the V sign while posing in front of the Cuban and United States flags, Havana, Cuba, March 25, 2016. (Reuters / Ueslei Marcelino)

In late May, the conservative media outlet The Daily Caller reported that President Donald Trump was planning to make good on his campaign promise to “terminate” the Obama administration’s opening of engagement with Cuba. Just two and a half years after the US finally took steps to end more than half a century of hostility and restrictions on trade and travel, President Trump wants us to go backwards.

In response, The Nation is partnering with the Latin America Working Group on a campaign to get senators to sign onto the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act (Senate Bill 1287). The bipartisan bill now has fifty-five co-sponsors and would guarantee Americans the right to travel to Cuba as well as prevent the president from denying them that right.

We need to expand, not lessen, our engagement with Cuba. As Peter Kornbluh reported at The Nation, the economic impacts of increased restrictions on travel would be dramatic: he cites a study that says the travel industry could lose $3.5 billion and over 10,000 jobs. And the impacts go far beyond that, as Kornbluh writes:

“Trump is threatening to undermine years of concerted effort—inside and outside of government—to establish a civil, peaceful coexistence with an island neighbor after more than half a century of intervention, embargoes, and assassination plots. At stake is a model of responsible US foreign policy—to be emulated, not repudiated.”

Here you will find the list of the 55 senators who are already co-sponsoring S. 1287. If your senators have yet to agree to support this vital bill, write to them today and demand they co-sponsor the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act (S. 1287). And don't forget to thank your senators if they've already signed on!

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