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EFE Ingles Via Acquire Media NewsEdge

A major Cuban-exile organization announced here Wednesday a plan to help people on the communist-ruled island recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

The Cuban American National Foundation presented the initiative at a press conference in Miami.

CANF board chairman Jorge Mas Santos said the organization has obtained an “additional license” from the U.S. Treasury Department that will allow it to send up to $250,000 in aid to hurricane victims.

The Treasury Department is responsible for enforcing Washington’s 46-year-old economic embargo against Cuba.

“We already have a license that allows us to send aid to dissidents; now, with this humanitarian license, we’ll be able to help the general public,” CANF spokesperson Sandy Acosta Cox told Efe.

She said this program will allow the exile community “to send money directly to family members and any person inside Cuba.”

The CANF will absorb the wire-transfer fees so that the full amount arrives to the family members or victims of the hurricanes.

Hurricane Ike churned away from the northwestern coast of Cuba on Tuesday after killing four people, injuring 20 and causing widespread damage to homes, crops and infrastructure. Ike struck the island when it was still reeling from the effects of Gustav, a Category 4 hurricane that battered western Cuba at the end of last month.

Acosta Cox said the CANF realized that the U.S. government was not going to suspend its economic embargo on the communist-ruled island, as some groups had requested.

“There’s neither the desire nor the will to grant a moratorium on the restrictions,” Acosta Cox said.

She said she was perplexed as to why “the U.S. administration and lawmakers have not supported” an initiative that sought to ease sanctions against Cuba so that humanitarian aid could be sent to the island.

That refusal is inexplicable at “a time of crisis when the Cuban people need help urgently,” she said.

Several exile groups urged the Bush administration to lift for at least 90 days the draconian restrictions imposed in 2004 on family visits to the island and the sending of remittances.

Those regulations allow Cuban Americans to send a maximum of $300 per quarter to their relatives on the island and to visit Cuba only once every three years. EFE

  1. Follow up post #1 added on September 11, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    That’s more than Bush is giving the Cuban people. How does he sleep at night with this stupid hard line Cuba policy?

    Now if there is just a Western Union in Cuba that has power, the Cuba people will have money. Money to buy what I’m not sure.

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  2. Follow up post #2 added on September 11, 2008 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    United States temporarily eases limits on sending money to Cuba

    By Alexia Campbell | South Florida Sun-Sentinel

    Cuban families in South Florida now can send up to $1,000 directly to relatives on the hurricane-ravaged island thanks to a temporary easing of U.S. restrictions.

    People without family in Cuba also can donate to the relief program at 1312 SW 27th Ave., Miami, or 305-592-7768.

    U.S. law limits exiles from sending more than $300 to Cuba every three months. But the U.S. Treasury Department granted a license to the Cuban American National Foundation allowing the emergency increase after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike damaged as many as 140,000 homes on the island.

    Families can give cash to the foundation, which will be wired directly to their relatives through Western Union. The foundation will cover the transfer fees and send donors a receipt. The relief program, valid through December, has a $250,000 cap.

    Cuba consulting services

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