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American Educators Urge Trump not to Rollback Cuba Opening

June 11, 2017

President Donald Trump The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We write to you, as American scholars and educators, to express our concern about a possible reversal of our nation’s improving relations with Cuba, specifically in the area of travel, due to political pressure from elected officials in Florida and New Jersey. Since you ran for office on an America First platform, we wish to share with you that we vigorously oppose such a reversal as it is not in the best interests of the United States.

We represent all segments of the political spectrum from Left to Right. We also represent all disciplinary fields, from education to journalism to law to history to biology. For the most part, we have been conducting scholarly and critical research, publishing, and producing audiovisual works about Cuba for many years.

We urge you to consider the following:

  1. It is perfectly legal for American citizens to travel to North Korea, which routinely threatens to destroy us, without any U.S. government restrictions. Is it not an anti-American policy to restrict freedom of movement and therefore inhibit travel to Cuba, even as we permit it to a sworn enemy of the