Five Cuban-American U.S. legislators wrote to U.S. President Barack Obama, asking him to reconsider the White House’s plans to loosen restrictions on economic aid and travel to Cuba. In their letter, the five legislators expressed concern that the planned changes on said restrictions “would result in economic benefits to the Cuban regime and would significantly undermine U.S. foreign policy and security objectives,” CNN reports. As Devex reported, U.S. government officials have indicated that the U.S. would further ease travel restrictions to Cuba.

“We believe the laws pertaining to U.S.-Cuba policy are clear, providing a concise road map of both permissible and prohibited transactions aimed at protecting and advancing U.S. interests. Meanwhile, changes such as those being reported in the media would undermine those priorities, could run contrary to U.S. statute, and would play directly into the hands of the Cuban tyranny,” wrote the legislators, which include Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fl.), Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fl.), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fl.), Albio Sires (D-N.J.) and Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.).

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.