This amendment is just one of a series that Republicans have added to various appropriations bills in their effort to hobble Obama's opening to Cuba and reinforce the 2016 campaign narrative that Obama is weak on foreign policy.
Cubans don't appear scandalized when we talk about these floating behemoths that will arrive with sumptuousness and money, a lot of money. Rather, people calculate the benefit involved when the giant of the seas touches land and a flood of tourists descend with bulging wallets.
A new official U.S. migration policy for Cubans will be a fresh approach to stimulating the political and economic reforms through openness and exchange that five and a half decades of isolation have failed to achieve.
This is not for the 500,000 or so Cuban-Americans who are already traveling to Cuba every year. This is for my fellow second-generation Cuban-Americans, boomer children of the 1950s-1960s exiles, who were either born in America or arrived as small children.
Climate change will emerge as a new driver of migration. As the oceans warm, feeding Atlantic hurricanes with ever-great energy, super storms will become more frequent and more devastating, wracking Central America and the islands of the Caribbean, demolishing homes, businesses, and jobs.
The independent civil society in Cuba can now choose between two attitudes: clinging to the anachronism of belligerency and the entrenchment that we have criticized the regime so much for, or assuming the challenges offered by the new era.
As we send U.S. citizens of all backgrounds to Cuba, including athletes, businesspeople, diplomats, farmers, scholars, tourists and many others, the interactions they'll have, especially those with ordinary Cubans, will drive change.
The question now is whether members of Congress will stand up to those who would have them double down on resource denial, which amounts to little more than a costly myth, or if it too will decide instead to empower the Cuban people.