Cuba and Cuban Americans

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A woman is welcomed by relatives after arriving from U.S. at the Jose Marti airport in Havana, Tuesday, April 14, 2009.(AP)
A woman is welcomed by relatives after arriving from the U.S. at the Jose Marti airport in Havana on Tuesday, April 14, 2009. (AP)

Cuba won’t have a place at the thirty-five nation Summit of the Americas that starts tomorrow in Trinidad and Tobago, with President Obama in attendance. But the American embargo on the island nation — and pressure on the U.S. to end it — certainly will.

Some charge that Obama is giving away a diplomatic chip. But at tomorrow's summit, the president will likely hear that the U.S. isn’t giving enough. And while the rest of the hemisphere calls for lifting the embargo on Cuba, the Cuban community in America is divided.

Up next, On Point: Weighing diplomacy with Cuba, and what the future may hold for Cubans and Cuban Americans.

You can join the conversation. Cuban Americans, what's your reaction to President Obama lifting restrictions on travel and remittances to Cuba? Do you welcome the development — or worry that the U-S is giving up leverage?

Tell us what you think — here on this page, on Twitter, and on Facebook.Guests:

Joining us first from Washington is Mark Silva, Washington correspondent for Tribune newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, and writer for the Tribune Washington bureau blog, The Swamp. He was senior political writer for The Miami Herald for 21 years.

From Miami, we're joined by Myriam Marquez, Metro Columnist for the Miami Herald newspaper. She has overseen award-winning projects for the Miami Herald, including reporting on the evolving face of Miami’s Cuban exile community. She spent 18 years at the Orlando Sentinel and returned to Cuba for that newspaper in 2002. She was born in Havana and came to the U.S. when she was 4 years old. She grew up bi-lingual and bi-cultural in Miami.

And from Coral Gables, Florida, we're joined by Jaime Suchlicki, professor of history at the University of Miami and director of the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies. He emigrated from Cuba in 1960, when he was 18 years old. He has written twelve books about Cuba, including "Cuba: From Columbus to Castro and Beyond."

This program aired on April 16, 2009.


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