Cuban-Americans eye travel limit budget amendment

December 15, 2011 - 2:10 PM

MIAMI (AP) — Cuban-Americans are closely watching an amendment to a $1 trillion-plus spending package that would restrict their ability to travel and send money to relatives in Cuba.

The amendment by Florida Cuban-American Republican U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart would roll back the law to Bush-era limits of one trip every three years.

Older Cuban-Americans who came shortly after the revolution and have few connections to the island tend to support limited travel and remittances. They see the amendment as a way to limit cash to the Cuban government.

The majority of Cubans who have come in the last 20 years tend to have family on the island and want to help relatives any way possible. But they are also less likely to vote or contribute to political campaigns.