Cubans brace for worst as Trump takes aim at Obama opening

Posted June 16, 2017

One proposal under consideration by the Trump administration, according to the USA sources, would tighten enforcement to make sure Americans legally fit the categories they claim to be traveling under, which could spook many visitors, wary of receiving a hefty fine.

The Treasury Department will have 90 days to implement these changes, according to the Miami Herald, which was briefed on Trump's planned announcement scheduled for Friday. The media stated that Trump will not re-establish the "dry feet-wet feet" policy former President Barack Obama called off on January 12.

If Cubans and Americans don't want new barriers erected between their countries, who is President Trump trying to help?

American tourist travel was never technically speaking legal, and the White House says that they are generally making changes to travel categories so that it will be harder to abuse loopholes to go do things like hang out on Cuban beaches. While fact sheets and details have been released to different lawmakers and interest groups, an administration official said Thursday that they are still finalizing the policy.

His comment come as U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce a new Cuba policy on Friday. The dozen accepted reasons for travel included reasons such as "educational activities" or "support for the Cuban people" and - as Politico reports - there was little to no enforcement of making sure USA travelers actually held true to their stated reasons for travel.

President Trump will not be closing embassies or breaking off diplomatic relations restored in Y 2015 after more than 50 years of hostility.

Trump, according to officials, decry the Castro regime for human rights abuses against peaceful activists and protesters and is expected to demand the extradition of Assata Shakur, a former member of the Black Panther Party who was convicted of murdering a New Jersey state trooper.

"The goal of these policies is very simple", Rubio said in a message posted on Facebook.

Depending on the extent of the new regulations, the volume of U.S. travelers to Cuba could fall back to the levels registered prior to December 17, 2014, when Obama announced the beginning of the normalization of U.S. -Cuba relations. Cuba will also not be reclassified as a state sponsor of terrorism under the new policy. The George W. Bush administration decided at one point to require payment before ships left USA harbors, an inconvenience that delayed shipments while money was routed through non-U.S. banks and added to the overall cost of the imports. He's embraced the Philippines' Duterte, who boasts of extra-judicial killings, and granted Egypt's president a White House welcome, to say nothing of a bromance with Vladimir Putin that would make Oliver Stone blush.

So-called "people to people" trips, which enable American travelers to visit Cuba for educational purposes on their own as opposed to with a tour group, will be eliminated under the new USA policy. It could make Americans, or at least South Floridians, more aware of how critical Central America's economic and security recovery is to the US, from trade to drugs to immigration. The Cuban government has made clear it will not be pressured into political reforms in exchange for diplomatic engagement.

Surely, after more than five decades we have learned that Cubans, proud of their revolution and their independence, will resist economic or military coercion. He should try to grab the worldwide standards on human rights. In the case of Cuba, greater American interaction with everyday Cubans has meant not just a public diplomacy coup but a meaningful improvement in Cubans' lives.