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Miami-Dade_County_FL_USA_-_panoramio_31-300x200The U.S. Department of Transportation has provisionally approved new flight routes from the USA to Havana in Cuba. The proposals are currently open for public comment, and a final decision on these routes is expected by the end of April.

These new flights reverse the trend seen in 2017, which saw carriers reducing their services to Cuba. President of tour company Insight Cuba, Tom Popper, explains demand has recently been rising for U.S.-Cuba routes after the dip in interest last year. Continue reading

Donald-Trump-at-Bay-of-Pigs-300x200President Donald Trump is to announce a plan on Friday to tighten U.S. policy toward Cuba by adding travel restrictions for Americans traveling to the island and banning U.S. companies from doing business with enterprises controlled by the Cuban military, White House officials said on Thursday.

Trump’s changes are intended to cut off cash flow to the Castro regime by banning business deals with the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group (GAESA), a government-controlled conglomerate involved in all sectors of the Cuban economy, in an attempt to pressure Cuba’s leaders to allow the island’s private sector to grow. Exceptions will be made for sea and air travel, which means U.S. cruise lines and airlines serving the island won’t be affected by the directive.

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Cuban-Flags-Over-Balcony-300x212With President Donald Trump expected to announce his administration’s revised Cuba Policy in Miami this Friday, those for and against engagement with the island nation are scrambling to let the president—and even his daughter Ivanka—know their position.

The president has received several letters from dissidents, professors concerned that a revised policy could affect educational exchanges, U.S. senators, and various lobby groups and human rights organizations. Some were addressed to Ivanka Trump, including one from a group of over 50 Cuban female entrepreneurs urging her, businesswomen to businesswoman, to make sure the opening created by the previous administration isn’t closed.

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Donald-Trump-300x200President Donald Trump is expected to travel to Miami this Friday to unveil his administration’s revised U.S.-Cuba policy, the Miami Herald reports.

The location of the event has not yet been announced, but Miami has long been an enclave for Cuban exiles. Unveiling the policy changes there suggests that it’ll please the hardline Cuban-Americans whose support helped Trump win the Presidential vote in Florida.

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Ileana-Ros-Lehtinen-300x148Miami Republican congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the first Cuban-American ever elected to Congress, has announced her intention to retire at the end of her term in 2018, after 28 years in Congress.

“It’s been such a delight and a high honor to serve our community for so many years and help constituents every day of the week,” Ros-Lehtinen told The Miami Herald on Sunday. “We just said, ‘It’s time to take a new step.’”

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Cruise-ship-300x200Miami-based Norwegian Cruise Line announced this week that it will expand its trips to Cuba next year with 33 sailings. The cruise line will begin hosting four-day round trips from Miami to Cuba at the beginning of the cruise season in March 2018. Many of those trips will have overnight calls in Havana.

“Cuba is a spectacular destination and we are seeing incredible demand from our guests to experience the beautiful and cultural-rich city of Havana and her warm and friendly people,” said Andy Stuart, CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line. “We are excited to provide even more opportunities for our guests to experience this incredible destination into 2018.”

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Mario-Diaz-BalartMiami Republican Representative Mario Diaz-Balart is reportedly using today’s vote on the American Health Care Act as an opportunity to get assurances from officials in the Trump administration that President Trump will keep his pledge to overturn former President Barack Obama’s Cuba policy, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.

Diaz-Balart’s wants to overturn Obama’s Cuba rapprochement efforts and has even reportedly drafted an outline of a new policy for the administration.

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Javier Rodriguez Ayala reunited with his family on January 13 after being detained for 31 hours. He was one of the last Cubans awarded parole into the U.S. because he arrived hours before the end of the “wet foot, dry foot” policy on January 12.

172 Cuban nationals have been detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents following the end of the “wet foot, dry foot” immigration policy. The Cuban migrants are reportedly being held in detention facilities as they await the results of their removal proceedings. ICE did not reveal the location of those facilities.

An ICE official told news sources that two of the detained migrants have already been “removed” to Cuba. Sources suspect the two Cubans were the rafters who were intercepted by the Coast Guard last month after the “wet foot, dry foot” policy officially ended.

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