Obama will ease restrictions on Cuba

The administration is set to announce Monday that, among other steps, Cuban Americans will now be allowed unlimited visits to relatives on the island.

Published April 13, 2009 5:00PM (EDT)

President Obama has decided to ease restrictions on travel to and dealings with Cuba, the administration will announce Monday. Cuban Americans will now be allowed unlimited travel to visit residents on the island, and will be able to send them unlimited money as well. Former President Bush had tightened those same restrictions during his term.

ABC News' Jake Tapper reports that other changes include permission for telecommunications networks to build links between the two countries, and an expansion of the kinds of humanitarian items that can be sent to Cuba.

On the campaign trail, Obama had promised to take this step, while continuing the embargo. It's the kind of thing that might have been politically risky at one point, but the power of the Cuban exile community in Florida has been lessening of late as the oldest among them die off and Latinos from other countries move in to the state.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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