HAVANA TIMES — Cuba’s Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, held a “working visit” to Ecuador and Nicaragua to address the immigration crisis that has stranded more than 2,000 Cubans in Central America, reported dpa news.
Rodriguez made visits to Ecuador and Nicaragua “on November 19-20, where he exchanged with the authorities of both countries on issues of the bilateral and regional agenda, including immigration issues,” said a brief official note.
During his stay in the two countries, the Cuban Foreign Minister was received by Presidents Rafael Correa, and Daniel Ortega, said the statement published by the official newspaper “Juventud Rebelde.”
Since a week ago, more than 2,000 Cubans are stranded in Costa Rica after trying to cross into Nicaragua on their way to the United States. The Nicaraguan army and police attacked the Cubans with tear gas and rubber bullets on Sunday Nov. 15 and forced them to return to Costa Rica where they are being assisted by the government and population, housed in nine shelters.
The government of Costa Rica granted them temporary transit visas to reach Nicaragua but the authorities their prevented the illegal entry of Cubans.
To address the Cuban immigration crisis a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Central American countries plus Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador and Cuba is set for Tuesday November 24th in El Salvador.
This week the Cuban government blamed the crisis on the “Cuban Adjustment Act” which allows Cubans entry to US territory on request, where they automatically receive a work permit and then permanent residence a year later. It is an advantage that migrants of no other country on the continent enjoy.