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Cuban Migrants First to Nicaragua/Costa Rica and Then to the USA
« on: November 18, 2015, 06:04:55 pm »
http://news.yahoo.com/cuban-migrants-paralyze-nicaragua-costa-rica-border-115320250.html

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Cuban migrants paralyze Nicaragua-Costa Rica border

La Cruz (Costa Rica) (AFP) - A protest by desperate Cuban migrants stranded on their journey to the United States paralyzed a key border crossing between Costa Rica and Nicaragua Tuesday.

Long lines of buses and trucks formed on both sides of the frontier as the migrants refused to let traffic pass, authorities from the two countries said.

"The international transport of passengers and cargo remains paralyzed" at the Penas Blancas border post, the Nicaraguan government said, warning of disruptions to trade and transport "for the entire Central American region."

A spokesman for Costa Rica's immigration authority confirmed the blockage.

More than 2,000 Cubans are stuck at the border, penniless and without immigration papers.

Many were stranded when Costa Rica busted a human trafficking ring that was charging $7,000 to $15,000 (6,500 to 14,000 euros) to smuggle them into the United States.

They are part of a growing surge in Cubans trying to reach the United States since Washington and Havana announced a thaw in their Cold War-era standoff last December.


For Cubans looking to leave the communist island, the rapprochement has sparked fears that the US policy of granting asylum to Cuban arrivals may be near an end.

Rather than risk the trip by boat across the Florida Straits, where the US Coast Guard can send them back, many now fly to Ecuador, which does not require visas for Cuban nationals.

Then they work their way north, overland and by boat.
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