Letter to the Editor, New York Times

"Cuban Families, Kept Apart"

To the Editor:

As a Cuban-American who, as president of Fundación Amistad, is committed to fostering a better understanding between the people of Cuba and the United States, I am dismayed by the new travel restrictions imposed by President Bush and supported by Cuban-American hard-liners.

President Bush's new rules have been made under the false premise that keeping families apart and preventing family reunification are going to hasten the end of the Castro government.

With these new measures that separate families and communities, President Bush has made the gross error of trying to govern connections that are deeply personal. This is not a way to seek votes for re-election.

On the contrary, Cuban-Americans have a stronger moral commitment to one another than to this re-election campaign move by the Bush administration.

New York, June 24, 2004