HAVANA TIMES — A meeting of immigration officials from the countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA) and other countries in the Mesoamerican region ended in Mexico today without concrete results to resolve the crisis caused by several thousand Cuban migrants stranded in the isthmus, reported dpa news.
The Costa Rican Foreign Ministry issued a statement announcing the failure of the meeting to find a solution to the crisis of the 6,000+ Cuban migrants stuck in that country after Nicaragua closed its border to them in mid-November. Later, Guatemala and Belize also refused to be part of any humanitarian corridor proposal.
At the meeting today, a US official noted that country’s immigration laws prevent the possibility of an airlift to the US for the wave of Cubans. This, because the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966 states they must access US territory by land to obtain the special benefits of the law, including government assistance and a fast track to permanent residency.
“Unfortunately, Guatemala’s position was similar to that expressed at the SICA meeting (held in El Salvador on Friday),” said the disappointed Costa Rican Foreign Ministry.
A new meeting to address the situation was tentatively set for Monday, December 28, either in Guatemala or Guadalajara, Mexico.