Our Latest Updates – Archive

Flight Restrictions to Cuba Lifted
6/2/2022 -

On June 1, 2022, the US Transportation Department (USDOT) lifted Trump-era restrictions on flights to Cuba, including bans on American flights to airports in Camaguey, Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Cienfuegos, Manzanillo, Matanzas, and Santiago de Cuba.

Biden Administration Eases Cuba Restrictions
5/17/2022 -

The Biden Administration announced a relaxation of some Trump-era restrictions on May 17, 2022, including “reinstating the Cuba Family Reunification Parole program and increasing consular services, …lifting a $1,000 cap on family remittances, increasing support for Cuban entrepreneurs and expanding authorized travel.”

Record Number of Cuban Migrants Arrive to US via Mexico Border
5/4/2022 -

Almost 79,000 Cubans have arrived at the US/Mexico border in the 2022 fiscal year, the highest number since the Mariel boatlift in 1980 when 125,000 Cubans migrated.

Over 100 Protestors Sentenced by Supreme Court of Cuba
3/21/2022 -

The protestors were accused of “destabilizing public order, collective security and citizen tranquility” during the 2021 protests.

Biden Administration Further Sanctions Cuba
8/12/2021 -

Following the Cuban government’s reaction to the July 2021 protests, the Biden Administration further sanctioned the island, a continuation of President Trump’s actions and divergence from President Obama’s approach.

Trump Administration Returns Cuba to List of State Sponsors of Terrorism
1/11/2021 -

President Obama removed Cuba from the list in 2015. Being on the list with countries including Iran, North Korea, and Syria means new sanctions for Cuba, including limitations on foreign assistance from the United States and bans on defense exports.

Cuba Embargo Site Updated
10/16/2020 -

Explore the debate about whether the US should maintain the embargo against Cuba with updated arguments and history, and new quotes

Trump Announces New Cuba Sanctions
9/23/2020 -

On Sep. 23, 2020 Trump announced new economic sanctions on Cuba, including bans on US citizens buying Cuban rum and cigars, staying at Cuban government-owned hotels, and traveling to Cuba for sporting events, performances, and professional meetings and conferences.

Trump Administration Tightens Restrictions on Travel to Cuba
10/31/2019 -

The US Embassy in Cuba announced the suspension of air travel from the United States to all Cuban cities except for Havana, citing a request from the Secretary of State and the intention to “prevent the Cuban regime from profiting from U.S. air travel.”

NEW ProCon.org Website! – 2020 Presidential Election: The Candidates and Where They Stand on the Issues
8/29/2019 -

Learn about the presidential candidates’ views on important issues, compare them with a side-by-side chart, find your best match with a fun quiz, track their finances, and so much more on our 2020 Presidential Election website. The New York Times called our previous presidential election site “The most comprehensive tool for researching the candidate’s stance on issues.” Check back monthly for expanded issue coverage.

New ProCon.org Website! – Should Birth Control Pills Be Available Over-the-Counter?
2/21/2019 -

Our new topic explores the pros and cons in the debate over making birth control pills available over-the-counter (OTC). 9.1 million women (12.6% of contraceptive users) use birth control pills, which are the second-most commonly used method of contraception in the United States. Proponents say making the birth control pill available over-the-counter would lower teen pregnancy rates, provide contraceptive access to medically underserved women, and ease access to a health-improving drug with decades of safe use. Opponents say making the Pill over-the-counter would raise the cost of contraception for women, pose a danger to teens’ and women’s health by removing the doctor’s visit requirement, and limit what options are made available.

Our new website presents the top pro & con arguments and quotes, a history of the debate, a video gallery, the prescription status of birth control pills around the world, and a list of drugs switched from prescription to OTC status.

Researcher Wanted at Educational Nonprofit ProCon.org
1/17/2019 -

ProCon.org, a Los Angeles-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity,
seeks an in-house Researcher (full-time with benefits or part-time
without benefits) to develop content for websites devoted to a
nonpartisan in-depth presentation of 70+ controversial issues. Three
items are required for application, as specified in the job notice.

50 Lesson Plan Ideas Using ProCon.org
7/16/2018 -

We’re excited to announce 50 free lesson plan ideas for educators! Visit our Teachers’ Corner for inspiration, including lessons plans about distinguishing fact from opinion, how to write a “call-to-action” letter, and content from our partner Credo Reference.

New Cuba travel and financial restrictions take effect
11/9/2017 -

The US Department of Treasury announced that US visitors to Cuba must travel with an organization rather than on their own, among other policy changes.

President Trump Announces New Cuba Policy
6/16/2017 -

Trump announced that he was canceling previous policies that relaxed restrictions on travel and trade with the island nation, but said the US embassy in Cuba would remain open as the United States enforced the Cuba embargo.