The U.S. government continues to fortify what Jon
Hillson called "its iron curtain aimed at quarantining Americans
from all things Cuban," hammering hardest at the right to travel.
Washington is strengthening its de facto travel ban --eliminating
the license that covered 85% of all legal trips, refusing to renew
other licenses, and surveilling foreign airports for Americans getting
off planes from Cuba, among other recent measures.
And in June 2004, new U.S. government regulations
limited Cuban-American family visits to one every three years (with
no humanitarian or emergency exceptions) and reduced the amount they
can spend (and send) there, while simultaneously eliminating all 'fully-hosted'
trips and nearly all travel for education.
At the same time Washington blocks invited Cuban
artists, musicians, and speakers from visiting the United States.
Defending the right to travel --both to and from Cuba-- is more
important than ever, especially by visiting Cuba yourself.