Felix Alfonso, who came to the United States from Cuba 42 years ago, said that while the trade of prisoners between Cuba and the United States was not equal, the overall deal was still a good one.
A meeting just a few days before the president’s assassination.
President Obama on Wednesday announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba and a series of actions aimed at easing travel and trade restrictions rooted in a 1963 law.
One of Cuba's most prominent dissidents, the blogger Yoani Sánchez, welcomed President Obama's move to end the embargo.
Ignacio Alfonso, part owner of the Cuban restaurant El Artesano in Union City, N.J., supports the easing of American restrictions against Cuba but thinks there is a long way to go before Cubans will be truly free.
Laureano Vilches, whose family business in Cuba was seized by the Communists, says President Obama's decision to normalize relations was worth celebrating.
All the latest updates and key takeaways on the normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba.
Republicans have been busy crafting new ways of expressing their views of President Obama's move to ease relations with Cuba but the bottom line is largely the same: they don't like it.
Some younger Cubans living in the United States say that while grievances from the 1959 revolution have to be recognized, it is time for all Cubans to move on and "live in the present."
The importance of small demographic groups is often overstated by political commentators. The Cuban-American vote is an exception.
Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida said the Cuba decision was another foreign policy mistake by President Obama.
Ban Ki-Moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, said that he had been "informed in advance by the U.S. government" about the diplomatic breakthrough with Cuba.
Miami's Little Havana neighborhood was abuzz with news of the apparent rapprochement between Havana and Washington.?
In Union City, N.J., people huddled in small groups, sharing the news about Cuba on street corners, smiling and patting each other on the shoulder.
Cuba and the United States have not yet formally restored relations, but they are represented in each other's capitals. The senior American diplomat in Havana is a career Foreign Service officer who took up the post in August.
Major League Baseball had 19 Cuban-born players on its opening day rosters in 2014.
A previous article in The Times.
Alan Gross, the captive freed Wednesday by Cuba, thanked supporters in Washington.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has signaled this week that he might run for president in 2016, has taken a hard line against easing relations with Cuba.
Most Americans support normalizing trade and diplomatic relations with Cuba and consider what happens in the communist nation to be important to the interests of the United States.