MIAMI (WSVN) - The reopening of the United States Embassy in Havana after 54 years marked a new chapter in Cuban-American relations. However, one inaccurate statement on their official website seemed to take us two steps backwards.
According to the United States Embassy in Havana website, Americans born to Cuban parents could face trouble. The website stated in black and white, “The Government of Cuba does not recognize the U.S. nationality of U.S. citizens who are Cuban-born or are the children of Cuban parents. These individuals will be treated solely as Cuban citizens and may be subject to a range of restrictions and obligations, including military service.”
If you’re thinking this statement sounds inaccurate, you are right.
While Cuban Americans born in Cuba are classified by the Cuban government as solely Cuban and are denied certain rights when planning travel back to the island nation, Americans born to Cuban-born parents are not denied any rights. Children born in the United States to Cuban-born parents are classified as American and are treated as such.
On Thursday, a State Department Spokesperson acknowledged the inaccurate information posted on the United States Embassy in Havana’s website.
“Through our Consular Information Program, the Department of State provides information to U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad to assist them in making well-informed travel decisions. It was brought to our attention that we were providing inaccurate information on our website regarding children born in the U.S. to Cuban-born parents. We have corrected that inaccurate information,” the statement said.
To read more about the restrictions when visiting Cuba, please visit http://havana.usembassy.gov/service.html
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