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Anne Hobson, Stefanie Haeffele

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Cubans and Americans Caught in the Political Crossfire

May 13, 2019

Last week, President Trump threatened to impose a complete embargo and stricter sanctions on Cuba. This comes on the heels of a policy shift that introduced new restrictions on remittances and non-family travel. Citing Cuba’s military support of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, the Trump administration restricted remittances to $1,000 per person per quarter.
These policies are a blunt economic sledgehammer aimed at political ends. They would be a mistake. The Cuban government will not bear the brunt of the costs. Rather, the Cuban people, American travelers, and the nascent Cuban private sector will be hit hardest.
Remittances are money or in-kind goods sent from workers abroad back to their home country. This private aid provides the direct funds or goods needed to survive crises and

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