Tuesday, April 14, 2009

NAFSA Statement: U.S. Policy Toward Cuba

NAFSA: Association of International Educators issued a statement this morning about President Obama's decision to reverse restrictions on family travel and remittances to Cuba what were imposed by the Bush administration. However, President Obama did not change policy on academic travel to Cuba and it is this part of the U.S. policy towards Cuba that NAFSA's statement is focused on. The following snippet is a cut and paste from part of the NAFSA statement that I want to highlight:

"We now urge the administration to move quickly to rescind the rest of the restrictions on communications with Cuba that were imposed by the Bush administration—restrictions on educational travel. At a minimum, the Obama administration should restore the situation to where it was before the Bush administration: Americans should be able to study in Cuba and participate in educational travel to the island, and Cuban scholars should be permitted to attend academic conferences in the United States."

You can read the full NAFSA statement here.

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