Cuban-Americans Funneling Supplies to Cuba to Aid Protest Efforts
Cuban-Americans in Florida are attempting to funnel supplies to protestors in Cuba, drawing the attention of President Joe Biden and his administration. The Biden administration is now warning Americans to not send these supplies to the Caribbean island.
Supplies Sent to Cuba
Worried about the ongoing protests in Havana and other areas of the island, Floridians have been trying to use their own boats to ferry supplies from Miami. The boats are leaving full of water, food, medicine, and other supplies that are in dire need in Cuba.
Why the Protests?
Protests began several days ago in Cuba as residents took to the streets to speak out against the country’s communist regime. While the protests were happening in Cuba, Cuban-Americans in Florida also headed out to support the movement in their motherland. Protestors in Miami waved Cuban flags while chanting for freedom and liberty for their home country.
Homeland Security Warning
It did not take long for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to issue a stern warning to Americans wanting to help their families in Cuba. Thursday’s statement said it was illegal for boaters to leave the U.S. with the intention of going to Cuba without a proper permit.
In order to enter Cuban waters, boaters need to receive a permit from the U.S. Coast Guard.
Boaters that illegally travel into Cuban waters will be subject to a variety of penalties, including civil and criminal charges, up to 10 years in prison, and a fine of $25,000. In addition, U.S. citizens who violate immigration laws by bringing in foreign nations are subject to fines of up to $250,000 as well as jail time.