Tell President-elect Biden to reverse Trump’s harmful Cuba policies!


Dear President-elect Biden,

As people who want to live in friendship and peace with Cuba, we are enthusiastic about the possibility that your incoming administration will restore the historic improvement of relations between Cuba and the United States made during the Obama/Biden era. Over the past four years, the Trump administration overturned much of that progress and instead opted to punish the Cuban people in a futile attempt to help his chances for reelection. 

The Trump administration sanctioned Cuba’s tourism and energy industries, blocked coronavirus aid shipments to the country during the pandemic, implemented restrictions on sending remittances to Cuba, restricted the right of U.S. citizens to travel to the island, stymied medical collaboration that could be helpful in combating COVID-19, and harmed U.S. companies that could benefit from trade. 

Given that most of these policies can be changed by executive order, we encourage you to do the following immediately as a show of good faith and willingness to re-engage with Cuba to promote peace, security and friendly relations:

  • Work with the Cuban government to allow the return of diplomats to the respective embassies and to fully staff the U.S. Embassy in Cuba; 
  • Lift all restrictions on remittances;
  • Remove Cuba from the list of countries that do not collaborate in the fight against terrorism;
  • Cancel the imposition of Title III of the Helms Burton Act.

We also support additional recommendations for specific policy areas as detailed by the letter from the Alliance for Cuba Engagement and Respect (ACERE), which can be found below.

We believe that punishing civilians is inhumane, illegal and unworthy of a country that seeks to promote human rights worldwide. We hope that your administration will mark a comprehensive reversal of those harmful policies and return to the legacy of the Obama administration. 

Sincerely,

Dear President-Elect Biden,

As organizations and individuals that advocate for normal diplomatic relations with Cuba, we are enthusiastic about your incoming administration and the possibilities of improving relations with Cuba, just as the Obama/Biden administration did. We have seen in the past four years how the Trump administration overturned those gains, imposing harsh restrictions that have harmed the Cuban people, made it difficult for Cuban-Americans and others to send remittances to those in Cuba, prohibited Americans from traveling to the island, stymied medical collaboration that could be helpful in combating COVID-19, and harmed U.S. companies that could benefit from trade. 

We hope that your administration will mark a comprehensive reversal of those harmful policies and return to the legacy of the Obama administration. Given that most of these policies can be changed by executive order, we encourage you to do the following immediately as a show of good faith and willingness to re-engage with Cuba to promote peace, security and friendly relations:

  • Work with the Cuban government to allow the return of diplomats to the respective embassies and to fully staff the U.S. Embassy in Cuba; 
  • Lift all restrictions on remittances;
  • Remove Cuba from the list of countries that do not collaborate in the fight against terrorism;
  • Cancel the imposition of Title III of the Helms Burton Act.

Below are additional recommendations for specific policy areas currently severely hampering bilateral relations. 

Travel: 

  • Readjust the current travel categories in order to allow for the greatest flexibility for Americans who want to travel to Cuba;
  • Eliminate unnecessary restrictions about where U.S. visitors can stay and eat while in Cuba;  
  • Allow for the opening of Cuban travel offices in the U.S.;
  • Re-authorize regularly-scheduled commercial flights to cities other than Havana.

Healthcare: 

  • Collaborate with Cuban health professionals in the fight against COVID-19 and in the development of a vaccine;
  • Allow the export to Cuba of medical supplies and equipment that can be used in the production of Cuban biotechnological products and equipment; 
  • Allow broader forms of collaboration in the development, commercialization and supply of medicines and biomedical products of Cuban origin; 
  • Allow sales of raw materials to Cuba that are needed to produce medicines for the Cuban population and that of other developing countries; 
  • Authorize U.S. companies to market Cuban medical treatments in the U.S.; 
  • Authorize U.S. citizens to receive paid medical treatment in Cuba; 
  • End the policy of intervening in Cuban medical missions abroad to encourage Cuban doctors to desert their overseas humanitarian missions;
  • Stop pressuring third countries to refuse the assistance of Cuban medical missions or to abort existing medical missions.

Trade: 

  • Allow Cuban entities (including financial and commercial) to open accounts with U.S. banking and financial institutions; 
  • Instruct U.S. representatives in international financial institutions not to block the granting of credits or other financial advantages to Cuba; 
  • Authorize the export to Cuba of U.S. products for key branches of the Cuban economy (i.e. tourism, biotechnology);
  • Authorize the import of Cuban products to the U.S. in both the state and non-state sectors; 
  • Authorize the imports into the U.S. of any merchandise manufactured or derived from products grown, produced, or manufactured in Cuba by both the state and non-state sector; 
  • Authorize U.S. individuals and companies to invest in Cuba in mutually approved sectors of the economy; 
  • Authorize U.S. subsidiaries to conduct business with Cuba in areas such as the provision of services; 
  • Authorize U.S. companies to carry out transactions and exports related to the exploration and extraction of hydrocarbon resources located in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cuba; 
  • Authorize U.S. companies to carry out transactions and exports for the prevention of oil spills in the Cuban Exclusive Economic Zone or in Cuban territorial waters; 
  • As Cuba does not engage in terror or narco-trafficking, take Cuba off the "Specially Designated Nationals” list, a classification that prohibits Cuban or foreign companies with interests in Cuba from carrying out commercial transactions with the US or with foreign entities in third countries that are linked to the US.

We look forward to working with your administration to develop a policy towards Cuba that helps the citizens of both countries and brings more peace and prosperity to the region.

Sincerely,

Alliance for Cuba Engagement and Respect

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  • Hector Barba. Rodrigues
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    I’m a Cuban American born in habana 1961 when the situation in Cuba was dangerous because the Cold War everybody knows the real responsibility for this we’re RUSSIA and USA because the ambition to take control over the island thanks good nothing happened but the country started be a colony of the Russian communist government I saw the changes in Cuba how the Castro’s brothers changed to be a Communist dictators nobody’s from others countries knew the abuse to the Cuban people who weren’t previously under another horrible dictator Fulgencio Batista with more than 20 000 death and Cuba the poverty almost like Guatemala but USA never complained for all the business and the mafia from N.Y. and Chicago owns the casinos drogas and prostitution. I never understood why our country decided to blocking Cuba and not Russia? Anyway always the big fish eat the smaller never to the same size Cubans are in all the countries escaping the abuse the Castro’s, Fidel dies and raul is not in charge anymore so keeping that attitude after more 60 years is ridiculous ( blocking) everybody recording REAGAN as a great President who mades lyes about Cuba exchanging the Florida votes for disgusting comments and they included in the terrorist countries list Obama’s government excluding this and also visited Cuba , Biden wife visited the island too . I voted for Biden because the way he talks and was Obama’s VP for 8 years , All my life is a horror drama first under the communist system and here I haven’t see the American Dream from be Latin now my name is BROWN for me is racist how Pompeo so corrupt is capable to return Cuba in the famous terrorist list ? And we are in a terrible situation because the virus and Trump scandals including the excellent relations with RUSSIA and NORTH KOREA and domestic terrorists ( Capitol Hill )
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    End the criminal and genocidal Economic, Financial and Commercial blockade by the US against Cuba.
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    We absolutely have to make it right with the Cuban people – return all the favors they have done for others!
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