Ilegal Migration in Central America to be Discussed by SICA

At the meeting the complex situation in which there are more than 2,000 Cubans stranded in Costa Rica, intending to immigrate to the United States, will be analysed

By: Juventud Rebelde

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2015-11-24 | 18:56:56 EST
The foreign ministers of the nations of the Central American Integration System (SICA) on Tuesday will address the illegal immigration issue in the region, which is part of the complex situation in which there are more than 2,000 Cubans stranded in Costa Rica, with the intention of immigrating to the United States.

The extraordinary meeting of SICA will take place in El Salvador, current president pro tempore of the integration mechanism for Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Belize, Panama and Dominican Republic. Also invited to the meeting are Cuba, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico.

The Bureau of Consular Affairs and Cuban Residents Abroad of the Cuban Foreign Ministry told the Cuban News Agency (ACN) that its embassy in San José is still attending to the compatriots who have been there for more than a week.

As published in Granma on November 21, the diplomatic mission has also responded to the requirements of the Costa Rican immigration authority´s policies, facilitating the documentation of those Cubans who do not possess it.

Most Cubans remain in eleven shelters on the north of Costa Rica, and three others were set up after the entry of more people every day.

The newspaper La Prensa Libre of Costa Rica, classed the environment in which Cubans who remain near the Peñas Blancas border crossing with Nicaragua as quiet, they are waiting for a solution to the complex immigration situation created in the Central American country.

The ACN published statements made in Cuba by relatives of migrants, but who preferred anonymity, noting that the group of Cubans is housed in facilities created by the government, the Red Cross of Costa Rica and churches in the area, ensuring their needs of water, food and medical care. The Cubans enjoy good health, said the newspaper La Nacion of Costa Rica.

As acknowledged by authorities and experts, the Cuban Adjustment Act and the implementation of the policy known as "wet foot-dry foot" is the root cause of the migration to the United States of Cubans who receive a treatment unique in the world, to be admitted immediately and automatically regardless of the means and methods they used to reach that territory.

The United States has reiterated that it will not repeal the Cuban Adjustment Act. Meanwhile, the AP agency reported on Monday that "Costa Rican and United States forces, working together against the trafficking in persons, arrested 12 suspects for helping an international ring that charged Cubans between 7,000 and 15,000 US dollars to carry them illegally from South America to the US border, or $400 for moving them safely across Costa Rica."

These people left Cuba legally to different Latin American countries, meeting all the requirements established by the Cuban immigration regulations. In attempting to reach US territory they have become victims of traffickers and criminal gangs, who unscrupulously profit from the control of the passage of these people in South America, Central America and Mexico.

Cuban authorities faced with the situation in Costa Rica, are in permanent contact with the governments of the countries involved, in order to find a quick and appropriate solution that takes into consideration the welfare of its citizens and has demonstrated the commitment of the Island to legal, safe and orderly migration.

As reported by this newspaper, the Foreign Minister, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, made working visits to Ecuador and Nicaragua on November 19 and 20, when he exchanged with the authorities of both countries on issues of bilateral and regional agendas including migration issues; and was received by Presidents Rafael Correa and Daniel Ortega.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cuba ratified in the Declaration issued on November 17 that Cuban citizens who have left the country legally and comply with existing immigration legislation are entitled to return to Cuba if they wish.

Translated by ESTI

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