U.S. Rep. Promotes Bill Restricting Cuban American Travel

U.S. Rep. Promotes Bill Restricting Cuban American TravelHavana, Cuba, Aug 19.- In a new move to strengthen the U.S. blockade against Cuba, Rep. congressman David Rivera called for the Congress of that country to review the so-called Cuban Adjustment Act with the purpose of limiting Cuban American travel to the island.

Rivera’s proposal seeks to preserve the original sense of the law, enforced since 1966, by extending from one year to five the term after which Cuban immigrants can apply for American residency.

So far, the law enables Cuban-Americans to travel to their country of origin after they obtain the residence card; however, Rivera says those Cubans who travel home to see their families should not qualify for the Cuban Adjustment Act created as part of Washington’s policy to destabilize the Cuban government.

The revised Adjustment Act amendment will be presented to the Congress when it reconvenes in September.

Two months ago, Rivera had filed a program to revoke the loosing of Cuba travel restrictions under Obama's administration.

On the other hand, Cuban-born U.S. congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, asked the White House to take action to prevent alleged violations of the law in relation to Cuba travels.

Both Rivera’s and Diaz-Balart’s proposals would reinstate Cuban-American travel restrictions enforced during the George W. Bush era. (acn).