How One Visit to Cuba Changed This Cuban-American's Views on the Trade Embargo

Carmen Cusido wants the Cuban trade embargo lifted and hopes that it leads to democracy in Cuba one day.
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Decade ago I would not have even dreamed of going to Cuba even if given the opportunity I was kind of the teenager. And the kind of college student who had my dorm walls peppered with Ronald Reagan quotes. An anti communism batters growing up as a Cuban American it was a very interesting experience such I spent half my lifetime or at least my Summers as a child growing up. In Miami in Little Havana the exiled community there. And as of how the remember a lot of my older family members gathering around the dinner table talk about policies between the United States and Cuba I would hear from my family but the lack. Freedom of the press and lack of human rights. The fact their political prisoners this lady in the middle rate here. It is my daily grandmother moments like this are bittersweet because I've left you know what she would think about the latest news and this handsome young man. Was my uncle meadow school. I sadly never have the opportunity to meet. And he passed away in 1990s when. My grandmother was finally able to hear him coming to the United States. And they mean a lot to me and this is part of my Cuba experience. And the desire for me to go to Cuba really didn't experiments until a few years ago. As I was. Thinking more about the embargo against Cuba I thought well maybe there would be an opportunity for me to come. To visit my parents' homeland my mother set I'm praying. That you don't open your mouth to marching it'll cost too much turbulence on the island my father. Before I left for Cuba sent I don't I don't understand your need to go. You're an American you were born here your roots are here. Why would you want to go to a country that has no freedom don't listen very emotional experience for me and and that still at us. I got me a cousin for the first time in my life. They think of people your own family which sat in terms of just phone calls and letters and sometimes you don't think of them as like real flesh and blood. I wasn't fully against. The embargo when I was on the islands I was back and forth. And I thought that part of the reason was because I didn't want to be in any way disloyal to my family and their struggles. But I realize. That being against the embargo. Does not in any way means that I'm in favor and of the government in power in Q. Always. Absolutely respect and admired. Let parents and the people from my parents' generation. Would sacrifice every game and left so much behind comes the United States. I believe that lifting the embargo is good not just for that Cubans on the island. Cuban Americans here in the United States I mean we have family that we've been turning to see for so long list would make it a lot easier for help us. Our family members on the island get support the heat and it is my greatest hope that by lifting the embargo. Cubans will soon seen the box that is my greatest hope but I really. I'm hopeful. But that's the positive step in the right direction forward back.

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