Support Freedom to Travel! End the Travel Embargo on Cuba!

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Critical legislation has been introduced in both the House and the Senate. H.R. 874 and S. 428, known together as “Travel for All,” seeks to overturn the 47-year old travel embargo on Cuba, a misguided policy from the start. Contact your representatives and senators and ask them to co-sponsor this important step towards restoring the freedom to travel.

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This week, critical legislation has been introduced in both the House and the Senate. H.R. 874 and S. 428, known together as “Travel for All,” seeks to overturn the 47-year old travel embargo on Cuba, a misguided policy from the start. Contact your representatives and senators and ask them to co-sponsor this important step towards restoring the freedom to travel.

Why is the Travel Embargo Wrong?

Since 1962, the United States Government has restricted Americans rights to travel to Cuba.Cuba is the only country where Americans’ right to travel is restricted. Those who want to control where Americans can travel and what they can see, hear and learn should realize that after nearly 50 years their Cold War rhetoric is both tired and obsolete. We live in a new and different world than we did in the early 1960’s and even then, the travel ban to Cuba was misguided, ineffective and unconstitutional. The Cuban government has shown it can survive without the lifeline of the United States and is busy nurturing relationships with many other nations. The travel embargo only serves to hurt American citizens by denying our right to travel where we want and to keep families apart.

Not only have 46 years of sanctions failed to achieve the goals of the United States Government, but they have alienated the United States from the international community in the Americas, Europe and the United Nations who have steadfastly rejected the US' embargo. The United Nations General Assembly has condemned the embargo, most recently in a vote 185-3. The 3 to vote in favor of the embargo? The United States, Israel and Palau.

Despite continued lobbying by an increasingly vocal minority of anti-Castro Cuban-Americans, public opinion has grown more and more in favor of lifting the travel embargo.In fact, recent polls demonstrate that Cuban-Americans are just as likely as other Americans to demand an end to the embargo.

With a new President and a shift of power in the Congress, we believe now is the time to push for a much overdue change in our policy toward Cuba and the rights of Americans to travel.

What Will the “Travel for All” Legislation Do?

The House, led by Representative Delahunt (D-MA) and Flake (R-AZ) first introduced House Resolution 874. The purpose of H.R.874 is "To allow travel between the United States and Cuba" – but the most important thing to remember about it is that it will allow travel for all Americans, no exclusions.

S.428, "Travel for All," is the Senate companion to H.R. 874 and was introduced by Senator Dorgan (D-ND) with Senators Enzi (R-WY), Lugar (R-IN), and Dodd (D-CT).Like H.R.874, S.428, calls for the lifting of travel restrictions so ALL Americans can travel freely to Cuba. S.428, like H.R.874, is an important step toward a changed Cuba policy; and we need your help to make this a reality. Contact your Representatives and Senators and ask them to co-sponsor H.R.874 and S.428!