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March 22, 2016 7:51 pm Video

María de Los Angeles Torres, the director and professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, said Obama’s push for re-establishing relations with Cuba came at the right time. Torres said that a year and a half ago, the country was on the brink of chaos and many Cubans were growing frustrated.

Dean Martinez, president of the Cuban American Chamber of Commerce of Illinois, said that the circumstances of the re-established relations aren’t perfect.

Christina Perez, associate professor of sociology and the director of Women and Gender Studies at Dominican University, leads educational trips to Cuba for her students. “Dialogue and engagement is the only way forward, especially when the isolation has seen to be such a total failure,” Perez said.