WASHINGTON, DC (ACRN) - After nearly 53 yerars, the United States will now begin the process of establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba. Obama has announced this move.
In a roughly 15-minute speech, Obama announced the plan to normalise relations and has declared the nearly 53-year trade embargo to be ineffective. This comes as a result of the Cuban authorities releasing Alan Gross, and America freeing the last of the "Cuban 5" prisoners, who were convicted of spying in the 1990s as a result of their attempting to track down those who committed hotel bombings in the late 1990s.
Obama also eased travel restrictions on Cuba, allowing the use of credit and debit cards in Cuba, for "licensed" travellers to Cuba, among other things. Thie travel restrictions, in our opinion, should be lifted, as they are very much ineffective.
One law that we think will be repealed is the Cuban Adjustment Act, a law which should have never been passed in the first place. The 1966 law allows virtually any Cuban who makes it to American soil to get instant permanent residency and the right to become a US citizen after just a year.
A number of Cubam exiles in Miami are quite furious about this, some calling President Obama "traitor". The hard-line exiles are the only reason that it has taken so long for Cuba and the US to restore relations. President Carter tried this in the 1970s and is cost him the election in 1980. Could Obama's actions hand the 2016 elections to the Republicans on a silver platter. In 1980, Ronald Reagan won EVERY state in the Union, even the ultra-liberal "Left Coast" states. In 1980 and 1984, Reagan took all 50 states.
With the possibility of the Cuban Adjustment Act being repealed, it is very much a possibility that large wave of defections from Cuba might take place, particularly among athletes. The Pan American Figure Skating Championships are to be held in Greensbor, next month, and there will be some skaters from Cuba in the event. Lea Menendez Kaiser and Maria Gonzales Yang are currently scheduled to compete in Greensboro. In the pairs event, there is one Cuban couple, Oltmann and Santilian , both borh in Santa Cruz Del Norte, on Cuba's north east, between Havana and Matanzas.
There will no doubt be people who will try to defect, before The Cuban Adjustment Act is ultimately repealed. Will we see that in Greensboro at the Pan American championships next month? It is definitely a possbility.