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Beyonce Jay-Z Cuba trip has Florida lawmakers upset

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To celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary, Beyonce and Jay-Z flew to Havana, Cuba.  Their trip caught the attention of Two Florida lawmakers who wrote the Department of the Treasury, "The restrictions on tourism travel are commonsense measures meant to prevent US dollars from supporting a murderous regime that opposes US security interests at every turn and which ruthlessly suppresses the most basic liberties of speech, assembly and belief."

Cuban-born Restaurant Manager Carlos Salgado doesn't like the US embargo against Cuba, saying both countries can offer much to each other.  He thinks the Beyonce-Jay-Z trip can have some benefits.  "The more people that get over there and they see the desperation of the people and stuff, they'll be able be an eye-opener for a lot of people he said.

US Congresswoman Kathy Castor, just back from Cuba, believes recent Cuban economic reforms merit a re-think on the embargo.  "I believe policy makers in Washington should consider lifting the embargo on Cuba.  They should consider, they should lift the travel restrictions that prevent Americans from traveling to Cuba" she said.

While there are many Cuban who staunchly defend the embargo, saying it keeps American dollars out of the hands of a brutal dictator, this Tampa barbershop owner is not one of them. But he does feel the American celebrities are not special.  "I think that they have in the right to go but I don't approve that. I believe that everybody have to obey the law." and Reyna says, the Cuba Beyonce and Jay Z saw doesn't represent real Cuban life.

Earlier today, two Cuban-American congressional representatives from Florida have written the Treasury Department asking for information on Beyonce and Jay-Z's trip to Cuba. 

U.S. Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart say they want information on the type of license the R&B power couple received to travel to the communist island.
    
U.S. citizens are not allowed to travel to Cuba for mere tourism, though they can get a license for academic, religious, journalistic or cultural exchange visits.  The artists marked their fifth wedding anniversary in Havana last week.
    
The Congress members say they represent a community that includes former political prisoners. Both support Washington's 51-year embargo against the island.  The Treasury Department did not immediately return a request for comment.

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