Report: White House Considering Letting Citizens Sue for Confiscated Cuba Land

The White House is considering allowing “thousands” of Cuban Americans to sue foreign companies and others for real estate that was “seized from them by the Cuban government” in U.S. courts, The Miami Herald reports. The White House has reportedly discussed the proposal with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and other south Florida lawmakers. Nearly 6,000 claims were reportedly filed by people who were U.S. citizens at the time their properties were seized by the Castro government, and those claims have reportedly been certified by the U.S. government. The law that would allow these U.S. citizens to sue for their land, known as the Helms-Burton Act of 1996, was previously suspended because the government reportedly worried such cases would “alienate allies and flood the courts.” The Trump administration previously accused Cuban officials of aiding Venezuela keep President Nicolás Maduro in control and pledged it would turn up the heat against the country. On Thursday, national security adviser John Bolton is set to make a speech in Miami that will reportedly “unveil more details about Cuba’s role in Venezuela.”