First Group of Cubans Leave Costa Rica for USA (Photos)

The first group of 180 cubans aboard their flight to El Salvador. Photo: Salvadoran Foreign Ministry
The first group of 180 cubans aboard their flight to El Salvador. Photo: Salvadoran Foreign Ministry

HAVANA TIMES — Last night began the transfer of 8,000 Cubans from Costa Rica to the United States with a “Pilot Plan” flight carrying 180 of them to El Salvador. The group arrived at the “Monsignor Oscar Arnulfo Romero” airport at 11:25 pm. Tuesday, reported lapagina.com.sv.

After going through the expedited review of documents before Salvadoran immigration authorities, the Cubans were put on buses to continue the journey to Guatemala and Mexico from where they can make their way to the US border.

Once in El Salvador the Cubans received an expidited review of their documents. Photo: Salvadoran Foreign Ministry
Once in El Salvador the Cubans received an expidited review of their documents. Photo: Salvadoran Foreign Ministry

There, they will be welcomed by United States immigration authorities under the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act. The legislation provides them with government assistance and a fast-track to permanent residency.

Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martínez said “This action is consistent with the dignified treatment and respect for human rights, which the administration of President Salvador Sanchez requests for our fellow migrants in countries of transit and countries of destination.”

In El Salvador the transfer of the Cubans had the support of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and heavy security.

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22 thoughts on “First Group of Cubans Leave Costa Rica for USA (Photos)

  • January 19, 2016 at 12:40 pm
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    Yes I can see you’re confused. I didn’t say it was a scandal, you did. I simply pointed out a fact.

    Mind you that Castro jr and his family are living a life that no one else in Cuba can enjoy which makes his behavior shameful. And yes, I and those that escaped, are avowed enemies of the revolution. Hopefully we will be rid of the Castro’s soon and your fears will come true. Of course it’s no wonder that you Castro sycophants paint it as a “zero sum game” It’s either Castro or Batista as far as your concerned.

  • January 19, 2016 at 8:47 am
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    Forgive me for being a little confused, but Moses Patterson argued that it was a scandal that well-dressed, self-assured neurosurgeons fled the country, and now you claim that the real scandal is that they aren’t even qualified medical doctors at all …

    And as far as the Castro son is concerned: as the son of a (former) leader of state, in all other countries he would be a celebrity, and the sycophantic media and their paparazzi photographers would consider it a matter of course that he should spend his vacations bathing in champagne with blonde bimbos in the Mediterranean. In Cuba, however, that kind of behavior in leaders of state or their progeny actually still IS a scandal, and I hope that it will remain so. However, I fear that the enemies of the Cuban revolution may still succeed in turning the country back into the ‘Disneyland’ it used to be in the 1940s and ‘50s.

  • January 19, 2016 at 8:44 am
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    And if you study the map it becomes obvious that very few former colonies are among the countries providing universal health care for their citizens.

  • January 18, 2016 at 11:11 pm
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    According to Wikipedia (and many other sources) there are at least 58 countries that provide free universal health care (single-payer).
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_health_coverage_by_country
    Américas top universities have long maintained a policy that guarantees that any student who has been accepted to attend the University will not be denied entrance based upon their inability to pay. Rumor in Cuba is that a Chinese businessman footed the bill for Fidel’s youngest son.

  • January 18, 2016 at 8:28 pm
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    Funny that the Cuban people seem to reject your view and will risk their lives to escape. Their deaths speak much more eloquently than anything you can say.
    Doctors will leave Cuba to travel to the US knowing they will be unable to practice medicine because their training is insufficient. Yes dann, Cuban doctors emigrating to the US don’t have sufficient education to practice medicine. They require years of additional education and training in order to become an MD. And yet they come anyway.

    And your little Castro Jr? Face it, he lives a life of luxury prancing around the world living a life no Cuban citizen can even dream of.

    It was a Turkish magazine called Gala that photographed Castro Soto del Valle in June as he spent his summer vacation in the famous tourist enclave of Bodrum with his friends and family.
    Turkish news agency Dogan also reported that Fidel Castro’s son arrived in the Greek isle of Mykonos in a 50-meter yacht and reserved five suites in a luxurious Bodrum hotel…..and no western pharma company in site. In fact little Castros taste for the good life is well known.

  • January 18, 2016 at 2:59 pm
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    You live in a dream world, Moses Patterson. Let’s hear the names of your “many countries who offer single-payer (?) health care and public education.”
    They wouldn’t happen to be former colonial powers, would they? Unlike their former colonies where you tend to find the most abject poverty in this world – and usually no health care or public education. The word naïve does not suffice as a description of the way you confuse your libertarian idealism with the actual world the rest of human kind lives in. As if ordinary people ever get the chance of studying to become neurosurgeons – even in western countries like the USA or Denmark. Instead they are prevented from ever getting near the ‘years of study and preparation for a medical career’ – and instead of educating enough of their own inhabitants to supply the demand for doctors, wealthy countries prefer to lure them away from third-world countries. And there is no better place to look for them than in Cuba because that country actually produces an abundance of professional health-care workers.
    I have no idea who invited the Castro son to go “vacationing on a yacht in the Aegean,” but keep us informed if you hear any more. It might even be a Western pharma company trying to buy its way into doing business with Cuba. That is the kind of behavior I would expect from them …

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