As if Florida doesn’t already have a bad enough reputation for being horrible at counting voters’ card, now two congress member that represent the state are investigating the power duo’s recent trip to Cuba.
Two republican members, U.S. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart, like many people want to know more information about why Jay-Z and Beyoncé chose the communistic island as their vacation spot considering that the US has a restriction against tourism in Cuba.
The only bit of information given was that the duo decided to go to the island to celebrate their fifth anniversary with their mothers, but other than that, there was no more information given. The representatives though, are searching for answers from Adam J. Szubin, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, “regarding the type of license that Beyoncé and Jay-Z received, for what purpose, and who approved such travel.”
“Cuba’s tourism industry is wholly state-controlled,” Ros-Lehtinen and Diaz-Balart wrote. “Therefore, U.S. dollars spent on Cuban tourism directly fund the machinery of oppression that brutally oppresses the Cuban people.”
The State Department have replied with saying that they had no previous knowledge of this trip. Though there are regulations set in place to keep this from happening, there are many loopholes including going to another country to gain entrance to the island.
For those who do get caught, penalties for violating the travel ban can include a 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine. Like many people who get caught, chances of such a punishment probably won’t happen.