US Congresswoman Barbara Lee during her visit to Cuba where she led a Black Caucus delegation to the island nation. The delegation met with President Raul Castro and former leader Fidel Castro., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
September 13, 2012
U.S. Supreme Court upholds law preventing university visits to Cuba
WASHINGTON, September 12.—The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld a controversial law in effect in Florida which prevents state university and public school students and teachers from traveling to Cuba.
Supreme Court magistrates ruled a denial of certiorari on the 2006 Travel to Terrorist States Act, which bans Florida public schools and universities from using state funds to travel to Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria and other countries unilaterally included on the known list drawn up by the Department of State.
Cuban-American David Rivera, one of the driving forces of this and other legislation designed to reinforce the economic, commercial and financial blockade of Cuba, expressed his satisfaction at the Supreme Court decision.
District Judge Patricia Seitz declared the Act unconstitutional in 2008, given that it hindered federal government objectives.
Charlie Crist, then governor of Florida, and former state Attorney General Bill McCullum appealed against Judge Seitz’ decision and the court measure was overturned.
The ACLU contested the law in 2011, together with Florida International University (FIU), University of South Florida (USF) and University of Florida (UF), and requested that the Supreme Court review the case. (PL)