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The United States took a big step toward normalizing relations with Cuba by easing some travel and financial restrictions that have been in place for decades.

— Travelers who meet certain criteria will no longer need to apply for a license from the Treasury department to travel to Cuba.

— Americans will no longer be restricted in the amount of money they can spend on the island.

— They will be able to use their credit and debit cards.

— Travelers will be allowed to bring back up to $400 worth of goods, including $100 in alcohol and tobacco products.

— In a four-fold increase, Cuban-Americans with family on the island will be allowed to send up to "$2, 000 per quarter to family members on the island, although certain members of the Castro regime cannot receive the remittances."

Next week, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson will lead an American delegation in Cuba for historic talks on the normalization of diplomatic relations.

These new changes, it's important to note, do not lift the U.S. embargo on Cuba, which was fully implemented just as the U.S. broke off relations with the country in 1961.

When he made the case for lifting restrictions against Cuba, Obama said that the policies of the previous decades had not worked.

Critics in Congress, especially some prominent Cuban-Americans, called him naïve.

Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, wrote a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew on Wednesday asking for legal justification for the easing of restrictions announced today.

"We are deeply concerned that several aspects of the President Obama's new approach to Cuba, especially those related to unilaterally easing U.S. sanctions, violate the letter and spirit of several U.S. laws, and increase the moral and financial risk to the American taxpayer and financial system of doing business through Cuba's government-controlled financial system, " Rubio, along with Sen. Dan Coats, a Republican from Indiana, wrote.


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