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Bush Will Step Up Pressure on U.S. Travellers to Cuba, WSJ Says

Posted April 21, 2004 by publisher in Cuba Travel.
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Bloomberg

The Bush administration is likely to try to stem the flow of dollars to the government of Fidel Castro by making it still more difficult for U.S. citizens to go to Cuba or send money there, the Wall Street Journal reported.

President George W. Bush is almost certain to announce extra measures next month; they may range from reducing permitted charter flights to cutting remittances Cubans living in the U.S. can send back, the newspaper said.

One of Bush’s intentions, in an election year, may be to try to increase support among Cubans living in Florida, the Journal said, adding that a recent poll indicated that the president’s support in that group has fallen below 60 percent, from 80 percent in 2000.

Bush has already strengthened measures to identify and fine U.S. citizens who travel to Cuba illegally through third countries; the Department of Homeland Security has trained hundreds of Customs agents to spot illegal tourists at airports across the Caribbean and in Canada, the paper said.

Member Comments

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On April 21, 2004, publisher wrote:

Sad, really.

The #1 source of foreign income to Cuba is remittances from Cuban exiles living in Miami. (Foreign dollars from tourism is still #2 I believe).

Guess what, the Cubans in Miami don’t want to stop sending money to family members and I don’t blame them nor do I think they should stop sending money.

Also, it’ my understanding that most Cuban exiles no longer consider the end of the Castro regime a top priority.

So, just how many people are pulling the strings on the Cuba policy?... and why?

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On June 01, 2004, Antonio Menendez wrote:

I am against any new policy to travel to Cuba and I am tired of a few Cuban from the old Batista old guard to dictate to me if I should travel or not I am not voting for Busch this year an no member of my family will support him stop the 2 face we have with Cuba.

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On June 01, 2004, Antonio Menendez wrote:

I am against any new policy to travel to Cuba and I am tired of a few Cuban from the old Batista old guard to dictate to me if I should travel or not I am not voting for Busch this year an no member of my family will support him stop the 2 face we have with Cuba.