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Cuban dissidents on the island and members of the American exile community welcomed the news Wednesday, the anniversary of the failed Bay of Pigs invasion, that the Trump administration would allow Americans to sue the Cuban communist regime to reclaim property stolen during the Cuban Revolution.
In a speech after meeting with veterans of the 2506 Brigade, the group of Cuban exiles that organized the Bay of Pigs invasion, National Security Advisor John Bolton also announced the United States would limit remittances to Cuba and begin cracking down on tourism. While tourism by U.S. citizens is technically illegal, many Americans use loopholes in travel exceptions to the Cuban embargo to engage in such activities on the island.
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The Castro regime stole property from U.S. citizens estimated to be worth $8 billion dollars in the early days of the Revolution as part of its nationwide effort to “expropriate” private property establish a Marxist dictatorship. The regime has paid none of those citizens any amount of money for what they lost.
The 1996 Libertad Act, commonly known as the Helms-Burton Act, allows individuals to bring lawsuits against the Cuban state in American courts for the value of their property. Every president since Bill Clinton postponed the implementation of the act, however, making it impossible for Americans to exercise the rights it provides. President Donald Trump is the first to enforce the act in 23 years.
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“Americans who have had their private and hard-earned property stolen in Cuba will finally be allowed to sue,” Bolton said in Miami, Florida. “We must all reject the forces of socialism and communism.”
The Trump administration also limited remittances to Cuba to $1000 per person per quarter, Bolton stated, adding that more changes to U.S. policy towards Cuba intended to limit the influence of the Castro regime internationally were on the way.
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