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Costa Rica considers flights for Cuban migrants as options shrink 

Costa Rica’s options for dealing with the more than 4,000 Cuban migrants marooned in the country on their way to the United States are growing fewer by the day, leaving the government to consider arranging flights for the migrants out of the country.

The latest complication in the saga comes as President Luis Guillermo Solís plans to travel to Cuba Dec. 15 and 16. Solís has said the Cuban migrant crisis will not be a main focus of his trip to the island.

Nicaragua refuses to let the Cubans cross into the country. And Guatemala also has now refused to allow Cuban migrants to pass through its territory, Costa Rica Foreign Minister Manuel González said Thursday.

González said negotiations were set to begin with Belize as an alternative route for the thousands of Cubans who have been waylaid in Costa Rica for three weeks now. A response is not expected from Belize until Tuesday, González said.

No corridor for the ‘humanitarian corridor’

The news from Guatemala and Nicaragua’s continued blockade of Cuban migrants at its border with Costa Rica means the “humanitarian corridor” proposed by Costa Rica at a summit of Central American leaders in El Salvador on Nov. 25 is effectively dead.

González said Guatemala — a country that sends thousands of migrants to the U.S. yearly — listed the large number of Cuban migrants, along with security and logistical concerns among its reasons for not agreeing to safe passage for the migrants.

The foreign minister mentioned that the Costa Rican government was exploring the possibility of flying the Cubans out of the country, but González had no specifics on when or how many fights could be used to move the Cubans. Migrants would be responsible for paying for their own flights, González said, but the government is in talks with airlines to explore affordable options for the migrants to leave.

President Solís’ upcoming trip to Cuba was scheduled a year ago, González said. According to Casa Presidencial, Solís’ trip was designed to “formalize the reestablishment of diplomatic relations” with the island, and the delegation would discuss business investment opportunities, health and sports.

According to Immigration Administration figures, more than 4,300 temporary transit visas have been issued to Cuban migrants in recent weeks. More than 3,000 Cuban migrants are living in temporary shelters across northwestern Costa Rica.

Minister González said that Cubans continue to arrive at Costa Rica’s southern border with Panama at the rate of more than 100 a day.

Meanwhile, Ecuador announced on Nov. 26 that it would start requiring visas from Cubans traveling there, the first leg in an increasingly popular route through South and Central America to the U.S.

Cuban and U.S. representatives met earlier this week to discuss several issues, including migration, but no new agreements on the issue were made. The Cuban government has said that the current U.S. immigration policy for Cubans — which affords them U.S. visas after they set foot on U.S. soil — is a detriment to the recent détente between the Cold War foes.

González ruled out U.S. involvement in resolving the crisis of Cuban migrants here. Citing the U.S Cuban Adjustment Act, González noted that U.S. immigration law allows Cubans without visas to stay in the U.S. when they arrive but not to travel there legally.

“There’s a certain contradiction there,” González said, “but it’s not my place to comment on it.”

Contact Zach Dyer at zdyer@ticotimes.net

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Rousseau Colin

ESTA NOTA ES PARA LOS CUBANOS QUE ESTAN EN LA FRONTERA DE COSTA RICA y NICARAGUA…
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.{ ESO ES MI OPINION PERSONAL SIN OFENDER A NADIE }…….COMO EX DIPLOMATICO NORTH AMERICANO y COMO CIUDADANO de LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS de AMERICA CREO QUE TENGO EL DERECHO DE OPINAR DE LA INVASION DE CIUDADANOS CUBANOS EN NUESTRO PAIS , ……….MI PRIMER PASO SERIA PONER UNA DEMANDA EN LOS TRIBUNALES FEDERALES DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS PRESISAMENTE EN LA CORTE SUPREMA DE LOUISIANA CONTRA EL GOBIERNO DE LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS POR PROMOVER LA INVASION ILEGALES DE CUBANOS EN NUESTRO TERITORIO CON ESA LEY DE PIE SECO PIE MOJADO ESA LEY QUE AUMENTAR LA DELICUENCIA y EL DESEMPLEO EN NUESTRO PAIS …..SEGUNDO : PIENSO ESCRIBIR ( 3 ) CARTAS A ESTOS ( 3 ) GOBERNANTES…. EL de GUATEMALA…de…EL SALVADOR y de HUNDURAS PARA SEGUIR EL BUEN EXEMPLE DE NICARAGUA DE CERRAR SUS FRONTERA A ESTOS CUBANOS. NO PODEMOS SEGUIR CALLANDO CON ESA SITUATION DE ( 5,000 CUBANOS ) EN LAS FRONTERAS DE COSTA RICA y PANAMA ESO ES RIDICULOS ALGO TIENEN QUE HACER PARA DETENER ESE FLUO DE ILEGALES EN EL CENTRO AMERICA
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YO SOY NORTE AMERICANO NACI en NEW YORK MI ESPANIOL NO ES MUY BUENO PERO PUEDO HACERME ENTENDER POR ALGUIEN DE HISPANO PARLANTE ( disculpa mis fallas de ortografias Espaniol no es mi idioma )
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Yo comparte tus deseo de ser libre politicamente y economicamente ,te escribo esa nota porque ustedes estan Gritando liberta liberta liberta y liberta pero ustedes estan en un pais libre llenan de liberta tambien COSTA RICA es un pais democratico donde se respeta los derechos humanos ,no es necesario de crusar las fronteras para entrar en mi pais a buscar liberta ,tenemos liberta tambien en los paises vecinos como MEXICO..GUATEMALA..y…EL SALVADOR vienen aqui en LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS de AMERICA ustedes no estan buscando liberta ustedes son casadores de oportunidades economica ustedes son oportunistas ustedes son abusadores abusando la ley de ajuste cubano esa ley estaba designado en otro tiempo para otro tiempo no por ahora ( esa ley debes permanecer solamente por las gentes perseguido por el regime CASTRISTA por los desidente no por ustedes que pueden viajar a ECUADOR A MADRID Tenemos democracia y liberta en MADRID y en ECUADOR tambien si en verdad si ustedes buscan liberta entonces deja de joder este en COSTA RICA aya hay liberta y democracia tambien.

Ustedes entrando en LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS es para perjudicar a los CUBANOS que ya estan aqui perjudicando a LOS DEMAS LATINOS AMERICANOS QUE YA ESTAN Aqui ,lo que ustedes van hacer es aceptar sueldo baratos sueldo que no acepta un cubano que ya estan aqui sueldo que debia de pagar $20 dollares or $30 dollares la hora ustedes los aceptan por $7 dollares o $8 dollares la hora o $10 dollares la hora,ustedes van a aumentar el desempleo en el estado de florida ,van a aumentar la delicuencia en el estado de florida el desempleo es lo que crea la delicuencia { el gobierno de mi pais debia de cancelar esa ley de ajuste cubado de pie seco o pie mojado esa ley es ridiculos lo que ustedes hacen es abusar esa ley y los politicos tienen miedo de habrir la boca porque ustedes tienen CONGRESISTA y DIPUTADOS y VICE GOBERNADOR y ALCADE CUBANOS AMERICANOS nadie se atreve a ver las cosas en sus puntos de vistas } Creo que si en verdad ustedes estan buscando LIBERTA y DEMOCRACIA creo que ustedes estan bien donde estan en COSTA RICA aya hay todo eso………………..( Finalemente dime que pasa con la democracia y liberte en PANAMA..en COSTA RICA..en EL SALVADOR…en GUATEMALA y en MEXICO acaso esos DEMOCRACIA no silve TIENE QUE SER LA de LOS ESTADOS UNIDOS de AMERICA ,estos gobernante son elegido libremente en las urnas son paises libre ustedes estan gritando LIBERTA LIBERTA y LIBERTA entonces que pasa con estos paises sus LIBERTA no silve..) … dime ????

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Mark Kahle

“Humanitarian corridor”……

Sorry, but this is simply abetting a criminal enterprise. The only place to send the flights is Cuba. It is the only legal port of entry for these people.

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Bobpiazza

Let us be unique; let us be honest!

President Luis Guillermo Solís and Minister González exercised a big error in judgment.

Now, rather than admitting this error they blame every other country except CUBA.

For many years Latinos have criticized the US for its Cuban policy. Few remember when Cubans were allowed, the Cuban government send a large portion of their “less than desirable” citizens to the US.

Over the decades, Cubans have found their way to the US even at the exposure of death. During this period, most Latino countries have criticized the US but few have ever criticized the Cuban government for creating a country where citizens desire to escape even at the risk of death. Cuba remains the modern day example of the Berlin Wall.

The US has been built on the brawn and brains of immigrants. Unlike Costa Rica, after a immigrant completes the legal process they become a permanent citizen with all rights except occupying the office or President. In Costa Rica, you may finally become a PERMANENT RESIDENCE, but never a CITIZEN with all rights, unless you have enough money to buy such.

Countries who stay on the sidelines and who criticize free countries who have changed their polices after experiencing terrorist attacks is disingenuous

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Ken Morris

I actually feel a little sorry for the Cubans, and if pressed can even be proud of my adopted country for the decent way it is caring for them. There is something to be said for kindness, and kindness is a strong suit of the Ticos.

However, I can’t help but laughing at González and being tickled that he’s eating crow. Boy did he and his henchmen in the government really screw this thing up. And he was all high and mighty about it too. The disaster couldn’t fall on a more deserving fellow.

I also have to laugh that he says that it’s not his place to comment on the idiotic US policy that is the root of all this. What’s the matter, Manuel, you don’t have the balls to talk turkey to the US? You certainly didn’t have any reservations about bashing Nicaragua, but when it comes to confronting a bigger kid on the playground, you all the sudden decide that it’s not your place to comment?

Well, Manuel, it wasn’t your place to bash Nicaragua and it might well be your place to comment on the US policy that is the crux of this, but I see this isn’t the way you like to go about things.

Whatever, charter your airplanes and try to find a country to land them. Mexico might accept, but then again it’s kind of under the gun after the GOP fruntrunner has accused it of knowingly sending immigrants into the US. Maybe El Chapo is the guy you need to talk to. He’s pretty good at building tunnels, and since you’re involved in a criminal enterprise anyway, the asistence of more seasoned criminals than you are might help.

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