Jay-Z and Beyoncé are facing some heat following a recent trip the power couple took to the Communist island of Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary.
Two members of Congress are now demanding an investigation from the Treasury Department to find out whether Bey and Hov violated a long-standing U.S embargo, which restricts travel to Cuba.
In a letter sent to Adam Szubin, the director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control dated Friday, Florida representatives IIeana Ros-Lehtinen and Maro Dias-Balart are seeking “information regarding the type of license that Beyoncé and Jay-Z received, for what purpose, and who approved such travel.”
The Florida lawmakers said they are looking into the matter as they represent districts with a high number of Cuban-Americans. The letter states, “We represent a community of many who have been deeply and personally harmed by the Castro regime’s atrocities, including former political prisoners and the families of murdered innocents.”
A 50-year-old embargo was imposed by the US government, which bans travel to Cuba for tourism. Only under certain circumstances such as cultural exchanges or journalistic endeavors are licenses granted for travel to the Communist nation. In 2011, the Obama administration relaxed a part of the ban to allow “people to people” tours where US citizens could go if they signed up with a travel organization.
Some Americans have however gotten around the ban imposed by entering Cuba via countries like Jamaica or Cancun and also requesting that Cuban immigration officials not stamp their passports. They are also not allowed to use American money during their visit. Anyone found to be in violation face sanctions including heavy fines.