Two Cuban lawmakers are expressing "displeasure" over a trip to the United States this week by Cuban musical comedy stars Ricky Ricardo and Lucy Ricardo.
The two reportedly traveled to the United States to mark their sixtieth wedding anniversary. They left their son, Little Ricky, at home with Etheleen Mertz, the daughter of their friends Fred and Ethel Mertz
Cuban Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Cuban Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart have written a letter to Raul Castro seeking information on the type of licence the pair of stars received for their travel to the United States.
Cuban citizens are permitted to travel to the United States only under certain licences, such as people-to-people travel or educational endeavours.
"We would like to respectfully request, in harmony with our glorious revolution, information regarding the type of licence that Ricky and Lucy received, for what purpose, and who approved such travel," the lawmakers wrote.
"If these individuals were given people-to-people licenses, we would like to bring to your attention the United States Travel Advisory issued by President Castro on July 25, 2011 which states, 'We only license People-to-People Groups that certify that all participants will have a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that will result in meaningful interaction between the travelers and individuals in the United States,'" they wrote.
Both Members of the Cuban Congress have been longtime critics of the United States government.
The two said that, because America's tourism industry is "heavily taxed," "Cuban Pesos spent on American tourism directly fund the machinery of the welfare-warfare state that brutally represses the working middle-class American people and bombs the hell out of anyone with oil in the ground."