Why Are Cuban Immigrants at Nicaragua’s Borders?


Sidestepping Nicaraguan intransigence, Costa Rica and five other countries have announced a secret deal to airlift some 8,000 Cuban immigrants out of Costa Rica and into El Salvador. There, they will be put on buses and transported up to Mexico in the last leg of their harrowing 5,000-mile journey to the United States. The decision to leapfrog Nicaragua comes nearly six weeks after the Sandinista government decided to militarize its southern border and prevent Cubans from continuing their journey north through Central America. according to the number of temporary visas issued by Costa Rican authorities, Cuban immigrants have been piling up on the border ever since, as their numbers swelled from 1,500 to some 8,000, .


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