November 19th, 2009
11:11 AM ET
5 years ago

U.S. lawmaker calls for lifting of Cuba travel ban

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The U.S. government has no right to restrict Americans from traveling to Cuba, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Thursday.

"It is the only country in the world where our people are not allowed to go," said Rep. Howard Berman, D-California, at the start of a hearing on whether it is time to lift the travel ban.

"Let's face it. By any objective measure, the nearly 50-year-old travel ban simply hasn't worked," Berman said, referring to the Communist nation's refusal to embrace democracy.


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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. stefanB

    It's about time! What a nonsense, that FREE citizens of the United States can not travel where they want to. We do not have a ban to travel to China or Vietnam... also a communist countries . It seems more that this is a US government ego than anything else. This ban is purely stupid and cannot be justified.

    November 19, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. terry,va

    Let's hope no one gets kidnapped.

    November 19, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  3. Jim

    Hear! Hear! The only reason Americans can't go to Cuba is because we are trying to keep all their ex-pats in Florida happy. What has Cuba done that no one else has done? If we are against communism, why do we work with China so much?

    November 19, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    It's way past due. I wanna travel to Cuba and have a real mojito.

    November 19, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  5. Dane McCalla

    Americans purchase billions of dollars of products from China each year and yet we can buy a pound of sugar from Cuba. The sanctions against Cuba are pure hypocrisy. I have traveled to China with the blessings of the U.S.Government. Yet... as a free american I can't visit Cuba. We need to move forward. If the Hardliners want change in Cuba; what better way to bring change about than to have our people on the ground.

    November 19, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. N

    Yeah, obama needs more communist support... he needs to get his liberal team trained....

    November 19, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Richp

    Careful you elected officials, you might loose your exclusivity on cuban cigars in the comissary you have.

    November 19, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  8. Thomas

    It's about time !

    November 19, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  9. Angi's mom

    It's about time.

    November 19, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  10. WATCHOUT

    "Let's face it. By any objective measure, the nearly 50-year-old travel ban simply hasn't worked," Berman said, referring to the Communist nation's refusal to embrace democracy

    So what are you saying, give in and accept communism? I DONT THINK SO!!! I know plenty of Cubans who disagree with lifting the ban.

    November 19, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. Tony Danza

    Good. The policy has not worked.

    November 19, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Jane/Seattle

    It is way past time for the U.S to end it's knee-jerk policies toward Cuba. This will lead to a recognition and sharing of each nations strengths to benefit all involved–if capitalists will only see some light! Cuba possesses great medical skills and gofts to offer this world. This whole fake dichotomy between socialism and capitalism is all contrived for financial/ideological propaganda to benefit wealthy profiteers Everywhere. The same goes for Israel. Arms dealers and military contractors make big bucks with these negative policies in place. we invent our enemies for massive profits. This is the inherent flaw of capitalism: COMPETITION which becomes destructive. Don't believe me, check out this impeccable author. Now don't freak out all you right leaning folks. We all need to keep our minds open for maximum reception. I try. Naomi Klein's, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism". Peace

    November 19, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  13. mjm

    "The U.S. government has no right to restrict Americans from traveling to Cuba..."

    But it has the right to take over health care and spend at least $800,000,000,000 destroying the health insurance industry?

    They must be crazy.

    What is it with Democrats and Cuba?

    November 19, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Jim

    as much as i'd like to say otehrwise, I agree. the travel ban hasn't worked. it's time to try something else.

    November 19, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. enough with the embargo

    is it really hurting Castro or his henchmen, or is it hurting the people that he already victimizes

    November 19, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  16. Inabon Yunes

    So Fla Cubans are holding our freedom to travel hostage for fear. Let me decide

    November 19, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. Jewel, MN

    I think it has worked. We mind our business and they mind theirs. If Cuba is anything like Mexico, we don't want more drugs in this country than we already have.

    November 19, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  18. Dave in FL

    More importantly. DOES ANYONE CARE?

    November 19, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. New York Double Attack Survivor

    Bonk... Ouch! Bonk... Ouch!

    Why is it that I keep getting the same result banging my head against this wall?

    November 19, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Librarian

    If there is a country where I would love to go for a visit, it's Cuba. Why can't we Americans be free to travel WHERE WE WANT ? Is this the Soviet Union ?

    November 19, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. zig

    We are free to go to China and N.Korea....but not Cuba...go figure

    November 19, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  22. joel

    Here is my plan for MY run in 2012...

    1st – bring every troop from the middle east home.

    Then INVADE Cuba.

    We can turn into one great big water park, putt putt golf, and gocart track!!! :o)

    I'm still working on ALL OF MY CAMPAIGN PROMISES that I can break.
    Those will come later.

    Right now, I got dibs on the first go cart and cigar!!! ;o)

    November 19, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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