Remarks by President Trump at Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

Remarks by President Trump at Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Issued on: September 17, 2018 East Room 5:22 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Beautiful.  Thank you very much.  I appreciate you being here.  And I’m really thrilled, once again, to welcome so many of my friends to the White House to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.  That’s a big ...
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Presidential Proclamation on National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2018

Presidential Proclamation on National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2018 Issued on: September 13, 2018 During National Hispanic Heritage Month, we honor all American citizens of Hispanic descent and celebrate their rich and vibrant traditions of faith, family, hard work, and patriotism. We are grateful for the innumerable contributions they make to our society, which are vital to ...
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Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State and the Secretary of the Treasury

Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State and the Secretary of the Treasury Issued on: September 10, 2018 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATE THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY SUBJECT: Continuation of the Exercise of Certain Authorities under the Trading With the Enemy Act Under section 101(b) of Public Law 95-223 (91 Stat. 1625; 50 ...
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Notice for U.S. citizens in Cuba

As of August 23, 2018 the U.S. Embassy in Havana resumed offering the full range of American Citizen Services including passport renewals, first time passport applications, notary services, authentication services, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA), and emergency assistance to U.S. citizens in Cuba.  
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 Release of Political Prisoners

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by SPOKESPERSON NAUERT June 26, 2018  Release of Political Prisoners The United States reiterates its deep concern for political prisoners in Cuba.  The cases of Dr. Ariel Ruiz Urquiola and Dr. Eduardo Cardet, both of whom a prominent human rights organization has declared ...
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United States and Cuba Hold Seventh Bilateral Commission Meeting

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE June 14, 2017 United States and Cuba Hold Seventh Bilateral Commission Meeting The United States and Cuba held the seventh Bilateral Commission meeting in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 14. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs John Creamer led ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence at Organization of American States Reception

Remarks by Vice President Pence at Organization of American States Reception Indian Treaty Room Eisenhower Executive Office Building 7:55 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Well, thank you, Deputy Secretary Sullivan.  To Secretary General Almagro, Ambassador Trujillo, and to all the great representatives of freedom-loving nations across the New World: On behalf of the First Family, ...
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Remarks at the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS)

Remarks at the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) Mike Pompeo Secretary of State OAS Headquarters Washington, DC June 4, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. Thank you, Secretary General Almagro and your team, for organizing this 48th General Assembly of the OAS. We are incredibly grateful for your leadership.It is a pleasure to ...
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LGBTI Pride Month

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement By SecretaryPompeo June 1, 2018 LGBTI Pride Month The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. ...
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Presidential Message on Cuban Independence Day

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 20, 2018 Presidential Message on Cuban Independence Day The twentieth of May marks the celebration of Cuban independence won by patriots who wished for individual freedom and the right of self-determination, both of which have been tragically snuffed out by a tired Communist ...
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Press Releases: On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

Press Releases: On the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 17, 2018 The United States stands for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human rights. Our nation was founded on the bedrock principle that we are all created equal – and that every ...
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Ambassador Haley on Cuba’s Human Rights Record

United States Mission to the United Nations Office of Press and Public Diplomacy For Immediate Release May 16, 2018 Today, Cuba had its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council, a process that evaluates the human rights records of all UN Member States. In addition to receiving recommendations from other Member States, countries ...
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Remarks at 48th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas

Western Hemisphere: Remarks at 48th Annual Washington Conference on the Americas Remarks John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Washington, DC May 8, 2018 MR PALMIERI: So it’s my honor – it’s my honor today to introduce our next speaker, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan. When we speak about our ambitious engagement in the Western ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence During a Protocolary Meeting at the Organization of American States

Remarks by Vice President Pence During a Protocolary Meeting at the Organization of American States Issued on: May 7, 2018 Organization of American States Washington, D.C. 2:05 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT: Ambassador Gonzalez, Secretary General Almagro, Ambassador Trujillo, permanent representatives, distinguished members of Congress, ambassadors, all of our honored guests, it is my great ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence at Swearing-In Ceremony of Carlos Trujillo as U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States

Remarks by Vice President Pence at Swearing-In Ceremony of Carlos Trujillo as U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States Issued on: May 2, 2018 The Vice President’s Ceremonial Office Eisenhower Executive Office Building 4:04 P.M. EDT THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, good afternoon. And on behalf of President Trump and the First Family, it’s ...
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Secretary Pompeo statement on World Press Freedom Day

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson Secretary Pompeo statement on World Press Freedom Day Washington, DC May 3, 2018 On the 25th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day, we renew our commitment to promoting and protecting a free press, which is an essential pillar of democracy. The United States values freedom of the ...
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Acting Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting with Cuban Independent Civil Society

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Readout April 12, 2018 Acting Secretary Sullivan’s Meeting with Cuban Independent Civil Society The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Acting Secretary of State John J. Sullivan and USAID Administrator Green met today with Cuban independent civil society members on the margins of ...
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Statement By Spokesperson Nauert On Cuba’s Restriction of Civil Society Participation in the Summit of the Americas

The State Department has received numerous, credible reports that the Cuban government prevented, and continues to prevent, members of independent civil society from traveling to Peru to participate in the Summit of the Americas. Cuban authorities prevented these individuals’ travel through arbitrary stops at the airport, short-term detentions, and visits to individuals’ homes to warn ...
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Update to Immigrant Visa Processing for Cuban Nationals

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  MEDIA NOTE March 29, 2018 Update to Immigrant Visa Processing for Cuban Nationals Since January, immigrant visa interview appointments for Cuban nationals have been scheduled at U.S. Embassy Bogota.  This was due to a drawdown in staffing in Cuba to protect the safety of ...
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Annual Observance of International Women’s Day

U.S. Department Of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement By Secretary Tillerson March 8, 2018 Annual Observance of International Women’s Day As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, the United States renews our steadfast commitment to addressing inequalities between women and men at home and abroad and reaffirms the importance ...
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End of Ordered Departure at U.S. Embassy Havana

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE March 2, 2018 End of Ordered Departure at U.S. Embassy Havana The U.S. Embassy in Havana has operated under ordered departure status since September 29, 2017, due to health attacks affecting U.S. Embassy Havana employees.  It will reach the maximum allowable days ...
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United States and Cuba Meet to Combat Trafficking in Persons

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release                                                                                MEDIA NOTE  February 14, 2018 United States and Cuba Meet to Combat Trafficking in Persons The United States and Cuba held a series of meetings this week in Washington, D.C., to coordinate their efforts to combat trafficking in persons. On February 13, the ...
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Inaugural Meeting of the Cuba Internet Task Force

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson Media Note February 7, 2018 Inaugural Meeting of the Cuba Internet Task Force As directed in President Trump’s June 16, 2017 National Security Presidential Memorandum “Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba,” the Department of State convened a Cuba Internet Task Force composed of U.S. ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson – On U.S. Engagement in the Western Hemisphere

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas February 1, 2018 SECRETARY TILLERSON:  Thank you, thank you so much.  And thank you, Greg, for that very kind, warm introduction, inviting me back home today.  And I want to thank those at the Clements Center of National Security and the ...
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Creation of the Cuba Internet Task Force

As directed in the June 16, 2017 National Security Presidential Memorandum “Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba,” the Department of State is convening a Cuba Internet Task Force composed of U.S. government and non-governmental representatives to promote the free and unregulated flow of information in Cuba.
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New Travel Advisories for U.S. Travelers

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  FACT SHEET January 10, 2018 New Travel Advisories for U.S. Travelers On January 10, 2018, the Department of State launched improvements to how we share information with U.S. travelers.  These improvements will provide U.S. citizens with clear, timely, and reliable safety and security information ...
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Information on consular and immigration services

The U.S. Embassy in Havana is providing the following clarification on which consular and immigration services will be performed in Havana and others that are being provided in Bogotá, Colombia and Mexico City, Mexico due to a drawdown in staffing at U.S. Embassy Havana effective September 29, 2017.  The most accurate and updated information can ...
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United States and Cuba Hold Biannual Migration Talks in Washington, DC

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC December 11, 2017 The United States and Cuba held the 31st biannual Migration Talks in Washington, DC on Monday, December 11. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs John Creamer and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Ed Ramotowski led the U.S. delegation. ...
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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Washington, DC November 22, 2017 In observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (IDEVAW) on November 25 and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the United States reaffirms its commitment to defending the rights of women and girls to ...
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Treasury, Commerce, and State Implement Changes to the Cuba Sanctions Rules

U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Public Affairs Press Release: November 8, 2017 Contact: Treasury Public Affairs, (202) 622-2960 Treasury, Commerce, and State Implement Changes to the Cuba Sanctions Rules Amendments Implement President Trump’s June 2017 National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM) Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba WASHINGTON – Today, the ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims November 2017 as National Entrepreneurship Month

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims November 2017 as National Entrepreneurship Month NATIONAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP MONTH, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION National Entrepreneurship Month celebrates one of our Nation’s proudest qualities: our innovative, hardworking, entrepreneurial spirit. American entrepreneurs invent and sell fascinating and ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Cuba Travel Warning

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens not to travel to Cuba.   Over the past several months, numerous U.S. Embassy Havana employees have been targeted in specific attacks. These employees have suffered significant injuries as a consequence of these attacks. Affected individuals have exhibited a range of physical symptoms including ear complaints and hearing ...
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Actions Taken in Response to Attacks on U.S. Government Personnel in Cuba

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC September 29, 2017 Over the past several months, 21 U.S. Embassy employees have suffered a variety of injuries from attacks of an unknown nature. The affected individuals have exhibited a range of physical symptoms, including ear complaints, hearing loss, dizziness, headache, fatigue, cognitive issues, and difficulty ...
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Statement on Secretary Tillerson’s Meeting with Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parrilla

September 26, 2017 Press Corps colleagues, The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met today with the Minister of Foreign Affairs from the Republic of Cuba, His Excellency Bruno Eduardo Rodriguez Parrilla in Washington, D.C. The conversation was firm and frank and reflected the United States’ profound concern for ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly

United Nations New York, New York 10:04 A.M. EDT   PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates:  Welcome to New York.  It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the people of the world. As millions of ...
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EMERGENCY MESSAGE

EMERGENCY MESSAGE The area around the U.S. Embassy in Havana suffered flood damage. Do not attempt to come to the Embassy seeking assistance at this time. U.S. citizens in Cuba in need of assistance should contact the Embassy by telephone at (+53) 5280-5791. Individuals worried about U.S. citizens in Cuba should call the State Department ...
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Frequently Asked Questions on President Trump’s Cuba Announcement

UPDATED JULY 25, 2017 Frequently Asked Questions on President Trump’s Cuba Announcement Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) How will OFAC implement the changes to the Cuba sanctions program announced by the President on June 16, 2017? Are the changes effective immediately? OFAC will implement the Treasury-specific changes via amendments to ...
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2017 Trafficking in Persons Report

The Government of Cuba does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. The government demonstrated significant efforts during the reporting period by prosecuting and convicting sex traffickers; providing services to sex trafficking victims; releasing a written report on its anti-trafficking efforts; and ...
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Remarks by President Trump on the Policy of the United States Towards Cuba

Remarks by President Trump on the Policy of the United States Towards Cuba Manuel Artime Theater Miami, Florida 1:31 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, everybody.  Thank you very much.  Great honor.  And thank you to my truly great friend, Vice President Mike Pence — he’s terrific.  (Applause.)  And thank you to Miami.  We love ...
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Frequently Asked Questions on President Trump’s Cuba Announcement

June 16, 2017 Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Frequently Asked Questions on President Trump’s Cuba Announcement 1. How will OFAC implement the changes to the Cuba sanctions program announced by the President on June 16, 2017? Are the changes effective immediately? OFAC will implement the Treasury-specific changes via amendments to its Cuban ...
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2017 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC June 7, 2017 In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom. We also recognize ...
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NAFSA Honors Marlene M. Johnson by Funding Higher Education Partnerships between the U.S., Central America, and the Caribbean

100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Announces New Grant Winning Institutions NAFSA Honors Marlene M. Johnson by Funding Higher Education Partnerships between the U.S., Central America, and the Caribbean Los Angeles, California, May 31: The U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas and NAFSA: Association of International Educators announced the latest 100,000 Strong ...
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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Cuban Independence Day

THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON May 20,2017 On Cuban Independence Day, I extend my warmest wishes to the Cuban American community and the people of Cuba as our whole Nation joins you in celebrating the anniversary of Cuban Independence. Americans and Cubans share allegiance to the principles of self governance, dignity, and freedom. Today, we remember ...
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OAS LGBTI Core Group Statement: International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Today, on May 17, the members of the OAS LGBTI Core Group (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, United States and Uruguay) are proud to join other governments and civil society organizations from around the world to celebrate the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). This year, the IDAHOT is an opportunity to ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2017 as Women’s History Month

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION We are proud of our Nation’s achievements in promoting women’s full participation in all aspects of American life and are resolute in our commitment to supporting women’s continued advancement in America and around ...
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On President Trump’s Speech to Joint Session of Congress

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC March 1, 2017 As the President laid out in his address to Congress, the State Department will continue to engage to advance U.S. interests in the world in cooperation with our partners and allies. We will also continue to support policies and institutions that keep ...
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“100,000 Strong in the Americas” – The Marlene M. Johnson Innovation Challenge for U.S.-Cuba, Caribbean, and Central American Academic Mobility

The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund is a public-private collaboration of the White House, U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators that was announced by Secretary of State John Kerry in January 2014. Learn more at www.100kstrongamericas.org Competition #16 is made possible through generous contributions from NAFSA: Association of International Educators and ...
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Secretary’s Remarks: Welcome Remarks to Employees

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC February 2, 2017 SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, good morning, all. We apologize for being late. It seemed that this year’s prayer breakfast, people felt the need to pray a little longer. (Laughter.) But I certainly welcomed them all, so – thank you for such a warm reception. ...
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President Trump’s inaugural address

President Trump delivered this inaugural address on January 20, 2017. THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of ...
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Remarks from Chargé d’Affaires, Ambassador Jeffrey DeLaurentis Signing of Agreement on Maritime and Aeronautical Search and Rescue

REMARKS FROM CHARGÉ D’AFFAIRES, AMBASSADOR JEFFREY DELAURENTIS Signing of AGREEMENT ON MARITIME AND AERONAUTICAL SEARCH AND RESCUE (As prepared) The United States and Cuba have been working together on search and rescue operations for more than 20 years.  Today we make another advance in strengthening this cooperation between the United States and Cuba in our common effort ...
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Fact Sheet: Changes to Parole and Expedite Removal Policies Affecting Cuban Nationals

Press Office U.S. Department of Homeland Security January 12, 2017 Fact Sheet: Changes to Parole and Expedite Removal Policies Affecting Cuban Nationals WASHINGTON- Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced several changes to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policies and regulations affecting Cuban nationals.  These changes reflect the reestablishment of full diplomatic relations with ...
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Why Americans give thanks over a shared meal

Thanksgiving in the United States is a time to gather with family and friends, share a traditional meal and express gratitude for the good things in life. Celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, the U.S. holiday traces its origins to a three-day harvest celebration held in 1621 in what is now Massachusetts. Local Wampanoag ...
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President Obama Names Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Obama Names Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom   THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary November 16, 2016 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made ...
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Cuban Family Reunification Parole Program – Invitation Letters

In August 2016 USCIS issued a series of invitations inviting eligible petitioners to participate in the Cuban Family Reunification Program. If you have questions about this letter, please visit the USCIS website for more information or check our Frequently Asked Questions on the issues. When choosing whether to participate in the program, please weigh your ...
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A Historic Day in Cuba as First Scheduled Flight from U.S. in Over 50 Years Lands

Today, I was honored to be part of a historic occasion — arriving in Cuba on the first scheduled flight from the United States in over 50 years, a JetBlue Airways flight from Fort Lauderdale to Santa Clara. In addition, I am excited to announce that Department of Transportation (DOT) has finalized its selection of ...
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