Former House Foreign
Affairs Committee chairwoman Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and
her colleague Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart sent a letter to the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control on Friday, calling for an investigation to see if any laws were broken during the celebrity pairs trip to Cuba:
“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 …”
Cuba’s tourism industry is entirely state-controlled; therefore, U.S. dollars spent on Cuban tourism directly fund the machinery of oppression that harshly represses the Cuban people. Despite the apparent prohibition against tourism in Cuba, various press reports described the couple’s trip as tourism, and the Castro regime hyped
it up as such in its propaganda.
Beyonce and Jay-Z did recently travel to Cuba for their fifth anniversary, a move that has upset many in the Cuban-American community.