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Biden to lift some Trump-era restrictions on Cuba

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Biden to lift Trump era restrictions on Cuba

The Biden administration is lifting Trump-era restrictions on Cuba, including some aspects of travel to the island, caps on remittances, and the issuance of at least 20,000 immigrant visas annually.

A State Department statement described the measure as designed “to further support the Cuban people, providing them additional tools to pursue a life free from Cuban government oppression and to seek greater economic opportunities.”

The decision comes after a lengthy internal review, delayed after a Cuban government crackdown on widespread street protests on the island last summer.

The administration has also been under pressure to ease the numbers of migrants crossing the southern border, where tens of thousands of Cubans have become the second-largest group of those seeking unauthorized entry through Mexico. Last month, the administration and Cuba held direct migration talks for the first time in four years.

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