June 16, 2017

Nashville, Tennessee – Today, President Trump announced changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba, reinstating the travel and trade limitations that the Obama Administration lifted in 2016.

The new policy will enforce the trade embargo by banning tourism and ensuring that U.S. dollars do not support GAESA (Grupo de Administración Empresarial), the military conglomerate that monopolizes many sectors of the Cuban economy.

Raul Lopez, whose family fled from Cuba as political refugees, is the Director of Latinos for Tennessee, a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting faith, family, freedom and fiscal responsibility to the Latino community in Tennessee.

Upon news of President Trump’s changes to Cuba policy, Lopez issued the following statement:

“Today is a great day for the people of Cuba who yearn to be free. By reversing President Obama’s misguided policies, we will no longer be empowering the oppressive Castro regime.

“Rather than benefiting the regime and its cronies, American involvement in Cuba should benefit the Cuban people, and pave the way for democracy, and greater economic and religious freedom on the island,” Lopez said.

Lopez went on to add: “The ball is in the Castro regime’s court. If they want better engagement from the United States, they have to support human rights, hold free and fair elections, and release political prisoners.”

Latinos for Tennessee has a presence in Nashville, Memphis and Chattanooga and is the only ideologically conservative Latino organization in the state of Tennessee.

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