Waldo Parravicini, Cuban-American, Los Angeles, California.
Leaving behind a very extensive, loving and perfectly together family I came to the USA in 1958 to attend college. Then taken away freedom, Washington vomited the Cuba travel regulations that to this date continues to divide, separate and hurt all of us here in the US as well as all of us there in Cuba. Presently I have close relatives in Cuba, including a sister, seniors and children and close relatives here in the USA including a sister, my mother and my sons.
It was not until 1979 that the travel regulations allowed me for a short period, to visit my terminally ill father in Cuba. In the 1990s the regulations again relaxed a little and I was allowed to visit only once a year, but now my visits are reduced to a miserably brutal once every perhaps three years (right now there are 15-20,000 applications sitting unanswered on the bureaucratic desks of US Treasury). And, how many times could my 93 years old mother visit her oldest daughter, grand and great grand children in Cuba?
Against my will and for decades I have been deprived to attend important happenings in Cuba such as the death and funeral of my father, grandfather, uncles, aunts, cousins and high school buddies; weddings, births and baptisms of nephew, niece, grandnephews, grandnieces and cousins. There were the long illnesses of my father, grandfather, uncle, niece, cousin and grandnephew for which and thanks to Washington’s restrictions it got very difficult, onerous and lengthy to obtain and deliver vital medications, thus prolonging the suffering and distress of patients and relatives at both sides of the strait. Telling of the cruelty, hurting and violation of my human rights (and that of my family) caused by the travel ban could go on and on; its hypocrisy and double standard (go not to Cuba but OK to China, Vietnam, Russia, Saudi Arabia. etc.) are incredible and not worthy of any nation that truly values family and God.
All those that are behind the travel ban should be totally deprived of visiting close relatives for at least three years. Perhaps this might bring civilization, reality and Christianity to their senses. Or may be it is that they could be sadistic or blinded by odium, or don’t give a damn or care about family. Believably that could be the rationale why they support anti-freedom regulations, stretched suffering, compulsory family divisions and mercilessness onto generations of innocent children in Cuba.