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Trump Is Expected To Change The U.S. Policy On Cuba After A Review Led By Cuban-American Politicians

President Donald Trump is expected to make a substantial announcement about U.S.-Cuba relations on Friday. According to NPR, both Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Florida Representative Mario Diaz-Balart have been working closely with Trump to restrict both travel and trade in Cuba. NPR is also reporting that one of the new restrictions expected to be announced on Friday is limiting trips to the country to only one time a year. This change could have heartbreaking impact on Cuban-Americans with family still on the island.

“Imagine, your mother is sick in Cuba,” James Williams, the president of Engage Cuba, which is a non-profit group of private companies and organizations to help open ties between the U.S. and Cuba, told NPR. “You might have to decide between going to see her in the hospital bed before she dies or going to the funeral. And that is just tragic.”

But those in favor of restricting some travel and trade to Cuba argue that restricting the amount of foreign money going into the island will only motivate the Cuba to make changes to its government. According to Miami Herald, many Cuban dissidents believe it’s the right time to apply pressure to the Castro regime to implement policies that will benefit the Cuban people, not the Cuban government.

“We believe that this is the moment for a maximum reversal of some policies that only benefit the Castro regime and does very little or nothing for the oppressed people. It is time to impose strong sanctions on the regime of Raúl Castro,” Cuban dissident leader José Daniel Ferrer wrote in an open letter to Trump. He added: “The time has come to impose strong sanctions to Raul Castro’s regime, and also to that of Nicolás Maduro. Because of its high position in the free world, the U.S. should not remain indifferent to the crimes committed by both of these regimes against their people.”

Pew Research Center did a study to gauge the American sentiment about the United States’ diplomatic relationship with Cuba. It found that Americans overwhelmingly approve attempts to repair the relationship with the island country rather than isolating it.

There hasn’t been any recent implication that Trump will reenact the ‘wet foot, dry foot’ law, which gave Cuban nationals legal residency if they reached U.S. soil.


READ: Cuban Refugees Will No Longer Benefit From ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’

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In Cuba, Where Food Is Unreliable, Savvy Cooks Have Turned to Facebook to Share Recipes

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In Cuba, Where Food Is Unreliable, Savvy Cooks Have Turned to Facebook to Share Recipes

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COVID-19 hasn’t been easy for Cubans. Not only have Cubans been physically affected by the virus like the rest of the world, but the drop in the island’s gross domestic product has stymied local economic productivity. The island can no longer look to tourism to add to their GDP.

Because of this drop in GDP, food shortages on the island have become more severe than in recent memory. And Cuban cooks are feeling the effects.

Cubans must stand in line for hours at markets with no guarantees that the ingredients that they want will be available.

This way of living is especially hard for Cuban cooks, like 39-year-old Yuliet Colón. For Colón, cooking is both a creative expression and a stress reliever. “The kitchen is my happy place, where I am calmer and I feel better,” she recently revealed to the Associated Press.

Yuliet Colón is one of the creators of a Facebook page called Recetas del Corazón that has changed the cooking game for thousands of Cubans.

Now, thanks to Colón and other curious and generous Cuban cooks like her, Recipes from the Heart is now 12,000 members strong.

The goal of the page is to help struggling Cuban cooks cope with food shortages. Members of the page share creative recipes, tips, and food substitutions. Launched in June of 2020, the page was an instant success. Its success proves that Cubans have been desperate to find ways to adapt their cooking to the post-COVID-era.

To AP News, Yuliet Colón laments about the lack of rice, beans, cheese, fruit, and, most of all, eggs. “What I like the most is making desserts, but now it’s hard to get eggs, milk or flour,” she revealed.

The brightside is, however, that Cuban cooks are finally able to share food-related tips and tricks with each other on a much larger scale than they were before the internet became more widespread in the country.

Now that many Cubans have access to communication apps like Facebook and WhatsApp, they can now connect with one another and make the most of what they have–however little that may be.

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

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AOC Gets Under Ted Cruz’s Skin With Crack About His Mexican Getaway After He Accuses Her Of Pushing For ‘open borders’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz are at it again on Twitter. This time it’s about immigration policy. After recently traveling to the US-Mexican border to underline the recent rise in immigration, Cruz accused AOC of pushing for a “full open borders” policy.

And of course, AOC got him with some solid zingers.

AOC in turn hit back at Cruz for recently fleeing his home state of Texas during its power grid collapse to vacation in Cancún.

In response to Cruz’s attack, AOC suggested Mexico avoid allowing Cruz in the next time he attempts to vacation there. She also called on him to resign from office for his attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Ted, this is pretty rich coming from someone who fled their own home (and responsibilities) during an environmental crisis to cross the border and seek refuge in Mexico,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Also you funded cages, expanded cages, and yet you’re complaining about cages. You have no policy, just puff.”

Ocasio-Cortez accused Republicans of hypocritically attacking the current administration’s detention of migrant children at the border after they supported President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children.

Currently, Democrats like AOC are calling on Biden to impliment more liberal immigration policies.

Republicans have strongly expressed their dislike for the recent rise in migrants which has come as a result of Biden’s reversal of Trump’s most rigid border policies.

AOC is currently a co-sponsor of the Roadmap to Freedom resolution. The resolution calls on the Federal Government to develop and implement a Roadmap to Freedom “in order to overhaul the outdated immigration system in the United States that has gone without significant reform for decades, and to relieve the great human impact an unjust system bears on communities around the country.”

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