The Biden administration imposed fresh sanctions against Cuba on Friday, targeting the country’s police force and its leadership. The measures are the second round of sanctions since anti-government protests were held in Cuba earlier in July.
Considering Cuba is under a decades-old US trade embargo, sanctions against the countries police force will likely have virtually no impact. When announcing the sanctions, President Biden was asked if there will be more to come. “There will be more, unless there’s some drastic change in Cuba, which I don’t anticipate,” he said. Biden said the US is “expanding our assistance to political prisoners and dissidents” in Cuba.
The Biden administration is also exploring options for ways to provide people in Cuba with internet access. It’s not clear how this plan would work, as the Cuban government would be against the plan since the US has a history of using social media to stir unrest in the country.
One thing Biden has not done is ease the trade embargo on Cuba or restrictions on remittances to the country, which would make it easier for Cuban Americans to send money to their families. Western Union shut down its money-sending service to Cuba last year due to sanctions reimposed by the Trump administration.
The administration set up a “working group” on remittances, and Biden said that he “directed the State Department and the Treasury Department to provide me, within one month, recommendations of how to maximize the flow of remittances to the Cuban people, without the Cuban military taking their cut.”