Following up on Spencer’s post, Human Rights Watch isn’t the only voice expressing concerns that the Obama administration’s new Cuba travel policy doesn’t go far enough. Here’s the statement moments ago from Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D), a long-time sponsor of legislation to lift the ban on Americans traveling to Cuba.
[M]ore needs to be done. We should also immediately eliminate the roadblocks that the Bush Administration put in place to make it harder for farmers to sell food to Cuba.
I also believe the embargo should be ended. When a policy has failed for nearly 50 years, it is time to change the policy. The best way to undermine the Castro regime and promote freedom for the Cuban people is through engagement by way of trade and travel, just as we do with China, Vietnam, and other communist countries.
The changes announced by the White House today lift the travel ban primarily for Americans with family members remaining in Cuba. By contrast, Dorgan’s proposal would lift the ban for all U.S. citizens and legal residents.