As faith leaders with deep ties to Cuban religious communities, we find the Trump administration’s reversal of more than two decades of U.S. policy, highlighted in the March 5 news article “U.S. tightens Cuban embargo, allowing legal claims for confiscated property,” distressing because it will harm the Cuban people. 

Church World Service (CWS), the National Council of Churches and congregations across the United States work closely with partner churches in Cuba. CWS has helped Cubans recover from disasters, including Hurricanes Michelle, Ivan, Dennis, Gustav, Ike, Sandy, Matthew and Irma. The welfare of the Cuban people and of all who experience severe hardship is a priority for us and should be for the White House.

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