Obama Admin Discusses Further Lift on Travel Bans to Cuba

The Obama administration is planning to further ease restrictions on travel to Cuba, which has been subjected to US sanctions since John F. Kennedy's presidency. According to recent reports, the announcement could come as early as next week, but no final decision has been made yet.

Last year the government allowed Cuban-Americans with relatives on the island to make visits, but the new lift would open the borders to students, religious organizations, sports teams and others who want to work (or play!) in the country. The fact that the Cuban government has released several political prisoners in recent months is a reason for the administration revisiting this idea now.

Though the White House declined to confirm the reports, Mike Hammer, a national security council spokesman, said, "We will continue to pursue policies that advance the US national interest and support the Cuban people's desire to freely determine their country's future."

President Obama can make changes to restrictions regarding travel to Cuba, but a total lift of the ban can only be done by Congress.

So what do you think?