End Trade Embargo with Cuba
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by Ross Nordeen

[This letter appeared in Florida Today on April 7, 1998]

The March 27 Florida Today editorial regarding improving relations with Cuba was good, but it didn't go far enough. The trade embargo that we've been engaged in for over thirty years has been a complete failure, and it's done nothing but make the Cuban people suffer needlessly.

We should repeal the Helms-Burton Act of 1996, end the trade embargo and restore the policy of granting Cuban refugees political asylum in the U.S.

The best tools we have for changing Cuba from a communist dictatorship to a free market democracy are free trade and open immigration. Allowing Cubans to see the benefits of freedom by merely opening trade and eliminating travel restrictions give us an easy and moral way to undermine Castro's repressive regime.


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