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)

  • 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.

  • 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.

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