Cuban-Americans, ACLU go to federal court today

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A judge in Burlington will hear arguments today on a suit that challenges federal government restrictions on Cuban-Americans’ travel to and from Cuba.

Since 2004, Cuban-Americans have been banned from traveling to Cuba more than once every three years, even if it’s for a wedding or funeral.

In the Vermont case, plaintiff Yurisleidis Leyva Mora was denied permission in December to travel to Cuba in order to celebrate, with her elderly grandparents, her marriage to fellow plaintiff Jared Carter.

Their case will be argued today in U.S. District Court in Burlington, with representatives of American Civil Liberties Union affiliates in Vermont, Florida, and Massachusetts on hand, as well as representatives of the Center for Constitutional Rights.

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