Out of the Humidor
From the Print Edition:
Matt Dillon, Spring 96
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Malibu Lake, California
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In the Autumn edition of Cigar Aficionado you mentioned that President Clinton should admit that he is a cigar smoker. Then I read with great interest the article in which Arthur M. Schlesinger stated that the Cuban embargo was now useless since the Cold War was over and Cuba is no longer aiding guerrilla groups in Latin America.
So, I wrote a letter to the president asking him about his Cuban policy, and also asked him about his favorite cigars. I have enclosed the letter I received from his office.
Keep up the great work! Cigar Aficionado is truly a superb publication. My only grievance is that it is not printed monthly.
Michael D. Moore
Thank you for sharing your views regarding U.S. policy toward Cuba. As you know, my administration has acted to address the issue of Cuban migration. The steps we have taken address the humanitarian problem at Guantánamo and will deter illegal migration, protect political refugees, and enable at least 20,000 Cubans to enter the United States legally every year. In addition, the regularization of our migration relationship will enable the United States to focus on its fundamental objectives in Cuba: a peaceful transition to democracy, respect for the human rights of the Cuban people, and an open economy with opportunity for all.
Taken alone, the measure allowing migrants at Guantánamo into the United States might well have triggered another mass migration, endangering lives and impairing our ability to control our borders. I concluded that the only way to forestall such a dangerous exodus was to signal our determination to put an end to illegal migration from Cuba while maintaining expanded opportunities for legal admission.
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