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Florida Republicans Call For Feds To Investigate Jay-Z and Beyonce’s Trip To Cuba

(AllHipHop News) Two Republicans from South Florida are calling for an investigation into Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s recent trip to Cuba.

Jay-Z and Beyoncé were photographed in Cuba during a trip to the island nation last week, to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary in Havana.

Republican representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of the 27th Congressional District and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart of the 25th Congressional District, are calling on the US Office of Foreign Assets Control to investigate the trip.

Cuba is currently the subject of an economic embargo by the United States, and its citizens are only allowed to travel to the country with special permission.

The pair sent a letter to Adam Szubin, Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control at the Treasury Department, requesting information on the type of license that Jay-Z and Beyoncé received to travel to Cuba.

“Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple’s trip as tourism, and the Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda ” the pair said in the letter to Adam Szubin. “We represent a community of many who have been deeply and personally harmed by the Castro regime’s atrocities, including former political prisoners and the families of murdered innocents.”

Check out the full copy of the letter below:

The Honorable Adam J. Szubin
Director
Office of Foreign Assets Control
Department of Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20220

Dear Director Szubin:

We write to express concern and to request information regarding the highly publicized trip by U.S. musicians Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (Beyoncé) and Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) to Cuba. We would like to respectfully request, within all applicable rules and guidelines, information regarding the type of license that Beyoncé and Jay-Z received, for what purpose, and who approved such travel.

As you know, U.S. law expressly prohibits the licensing of financial transactions for “tourist activities” in Cuba (Section 910(b)(1) of the Trade Sanctions Reform and Export Enhancement Act). If these individuals were given people-to-people licenses, we would like to bring to your attention the Cuba Travel Advisory issued by OFAC on July 25, 2011 which states, “OFAC only licenses People-to-People Groups that certify that all participants will have a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that will result in meaningful interaction between the travelers and individuals in Cuba.” These restrictions are in place because the Cuban dictatorship is one of four U.S.-designated state sponsors of terrorism with one of the world’s most egregious human rights records. Cuba’s tourism industry is wholly state-controlled; therefore, U.S. dollars spent on Cuban tourism directly fund the machinery of oppression that brutally represses the Cuban people.

Despite the clear prohibition against tourism in Cuba, numerous press reports described the couple’s trip as tourism, and the Castro regime touted it as such in its propaganda. We represent a community of many who have been deeply and personally harmed by the Castro regime’s atrocities, including former political prisoners and the families of murdered innocents. The restrictions on tourism travel are common-sense measures meant to prevent U.S. dollars from supporting a murderous regime that opposes U.S. security interests at every turn and which ruthlessly suppresses the most basic liberties of speech, assembly, and belief. We support the Cuban people by refusing to sustain their jailers.

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  • Bumpy Johnson

    i ain gone read that shit….someone tell me , why in short please?

    • holla

      reading is fundamental

      • Bumpy Johnson

        ive wasted hours reading stuff on this site that had misleading subjects, horrible grammar, and very very not worth reading or knowing about. ain’t bout to do it again.

      • justmythoughts

        word

      • Guest

        I didn’t read it either – but Cuban people have some kind of beef with castro – but that’s their own personal business, not anyone elses – and I believe domincancoke’s comment about them.

      • Guest

        these Cubans should be grateful America is a foolish enuff country to let them take over Miami and Florida

      • MrNoName2K

        wtf is you talkin bout?

      • fortunately most of the article is written by someone else so there isnt the usually mistakes found especially the letter lol

  • dominicancoke

    Thats some piece of shit conservative miami cubans the worst trash found in all of south florida these are rich very rich cubans who hate on anybody who visits the island why? Because they mad they cant go back to cuba n rape it with casinos n othet b.s that will enrich them they are no different than fidel n raul actually they are worse

    • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      ur gay papi!

      • dominicancoke

        No soy pato quizas tu lo seas pendejo maricon

      • Dwayne Nvo

        ke es lo ke mamaniema

      • gotta love how censors dont pick up on the 4 letter words in other languages lol

      • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        u fag bitch!

      • johnblacksad

        how you’re not tired of your own azz?!

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    • Johnny Sanchez

      Oye dominicano estupido plasta de mierda… you don’t know what the phuck you’re talking about. Ain’t no Cuban trying to go back while Castro’s regime is in power. Arranca para de donde vienes y metate un platano por el culo.

      • dominicancoke

        Callete cubano palomo mama guebaso maricon

      • Dwayne Nvo

        negro del diablo

    • You aint never lied… They still pissed cause they cant profit off the MOB

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  • plsDontreply

    The United states class system, racism, corrupt corporate structures, corrupt financial system, and unneccessaryily powerful armed forces are far worse than anything Cuba could ever dream of creating…

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  • in summary if your a tourist in cuba basically staying at tourist hotels shops sites etc… all of these establishments are backed by Castro and are used to fund the machinery of oppression that brutally represses the Cuban people … Per the 2 guys in florida who are requesting the details of Jayz and Beys visit to cuba … and we know all know these folks are big spenders so if there is any truth to this i can see why citzens that are or were affected by the castro system would be concerned …………………… i wonder if this is something that jayz and bey is in the know of ………………………. and even futher is there any truth to this supposed racket castro got with tourism in cuba ??

    • please…..

    • DJ7

      You need to lay off of or at least cut back on the amount you let the American propaganda machine persuade/influence you my G….Castro had the balls to tell these saltines NO over & over again so, of course all you’re gonna hear is F’ Cuba this & F’ Cuba that….Castro….Communist….this ain’t the 60’s B, the Russians ain’t really coming…………….YET!!

  • Romia Blue

    I am constantly amazed at the bullshyt these folks come up with. WTF y’all ain’t investigate Dennis Rodman? Phucking political bullshyt. You have nothing else to do with your time than to ask the government to investigate something that’s none of your business.

  • $18916246

    Harassment!…..

    • MrNoName2K

      yyyyyyyyyyep…

  • ant662

    of course everybody is gonna defend jay and bey cuz how dare anybody think or disagree with their moves. castro flushed some of the worst criminals out of cuba and into to the united states which started the cocaine wars in florida that resulted in a tremendous amount of murders. Everytime they are spending american dollars down there it is used to fund there communist party that tries to control the minds of their citizens which cause them to flee to the U.S (and the fact is welfare will be giving to them out our taxes not cuba’s) including some very ruthless criminals. you think as much as hiphop fans watch scarface they would know this. I will say this these ppl maybe jumping to conclusions because they dont know the nature of their trip they actually might have a good reason to be down there but i guess time will tell

    • if criminals are escaping im guess castro is trying make things civil in his country … and you can look @ america and see most humans dont respect civil … they want to live reckless rob and steal @ will ……

      • not saying thats what it is … just going off what was typed

  • jd

    Why are those darkies in Cuba without a white man knowing whats going on?!?! Investigate!! They’re up to something!

  • Choppa

    So in short they tryna remind them that they still niggas?

  • Tony G.

    I can understand the US and their dealings with Cuba..but if I make my money I can go where I damn well please

  • Mike Swiff

    F THE FEDS STOP WITH THE RACIST INVESTIGATING THESE ARE THE 2 SHOULDN’T BE INVESTIGATING GO AHEAD AND INVESTIGATE PAGES WILL COME UP CLEAN–THATS UNLESS YOU PUT SHIT ON IT AS A SET UP WHICH YOU DO WELL.

  • Q.

    Proof that these two are NOT Illuminati…just house n!ggas on house arrest. LOL

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  • Splatter

    Cuba is a beautiful country and although very poor, the people there have pride and hustle hard legally to make ends meet. And it’s one of the safest places ever! Especially for tourists. Don’t believe everything you read until you see it for yourself.