Mariela Castro banned from traveling to US

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Mariela Castro, daughter of former Cuban President Raul Castro, rides in the march observing the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in Havana in 2017. She, along with her father and other siblings have been banned from traveling to the U.S. by the Trump administration. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

The Trump administration announced Sept. 26 the daughter of former Cuban President Raúl Castro who spearheads LGBTI issues can no longer travel to the U.S.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a statement said Section 7031(c) of the FY 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Appropriations Act “provides that, in cases where the secretary of state has credible information that foreign government officials have been involved in significant corruption or a gross violation of human rights, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.”

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