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Cuban Immigrant Crisis in Costa Rica Still Unresolved a Month Later

Cuban Immigrant Crisis in Costa Rica Still Unresolved a Month Later /
14ymedio
Posted on December 15, 2015

14ymedio, San Jose, Costa Rica, 15 December 2015 — The crisis of
thousands of Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica has gone on for a
month, as of Tuesday, and the authorities of that Central American
country still have not found a… Continue reading

Neither McDonald’s, nor Freedom

Neither McDonald’s, nor Freedom / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez
Posted on December 15, 2015

14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 15 December 2015 — A year ago, at noon
on 17 December, the national clock was restarted and we became a country
filling the headlines and people’s expectations. With the
reestablishment of relations between the governments of Cuba and the
United States, our… Continue reading

A Cuban Cocktail – The Adjustment Act, Remittances, Emigration and Change

A Cuban Cocktail: The Adjustment Act, Remittances, Emigration and Change
Posted on December 15, 2015

Juan Juan Almeida, 27 November 2015 — The delicate subject of Cubans
stranded in Costa Rica was a topic at the fifty-fourth meeting of the
Central American Security Council and the Central American Integration
System (SICA). It is quite clear that these compatriots of ours,… Continue reading

Cuban Baseball Defectors Made Triumphant Return

Cuban Baseball Defectors Made Triumphant Return
By ANDREA RODRIGUEZ, ASSOCIATED PRESS HAVANA — Dec 16, 2015, 9:17 AM ET
The Associated Press

A lineup of Cuban-born baseball stars, including some of the most famous
defectors in recent memory, have made a triumphant return to the island
as part of the first Major League Baseball trip here since 1999.

Once the… Continue reading

Miami Republican files legislation in Congress to end automatic benefits for Cuban immigrants

Miami Republican files legislation in Congress to end automatic benefits
for Cuban immigrants

The U.S. government treats all Cubans as refugees
They’re automatically entitled to benefits like Medicaid and food stamps
U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo wants to stop that
BY PATRICIA MAZZEI

Citing flagrant abuse of government funds, a Miami congressman published
legislation Tuesday to stop automatically granting Cubans… Continue reading

Costa Rica to tell Cuba it cannot keep aiding stalled migrants

Costa Rica to tell Cuba it cannot keep aiding stalled migrants
By Marc Frank and Daniel Trotta

HAVANA (Reuters) – Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis will tell
Cuban President Raul Castro his Central American country is unable to
continue caring for thousands of Cuban migrants indefinitely, seeking to
force a resolution to the month-long crisis.

Solis arrived in Cuba… Continue reading

The Adjustment Act, emigration and changes in Cuba

The Adjustment Act, emigration and changes in Cuba
JORGE CALAFORRA | Varsovia | 14 Dic 2015 – 3:38 pm.

In the world there are issues that are considered very important,
important and less important. Amongst the most important is the security
of the US. And amongst the least important stands Cuba’s internal
affairs – unless they affect the US’s national… Continue reading

Cuban tourists who never leave U.S. get easy immigration path

Cuban tourists who never leave U.S. get easy immigration path
Sally Kestin and Megan O’MatzContact Reporters
Sun Sentinel

Cubans assure the U.S. they are coming as tourists, then stay
permanently. Because of their unique status, the

Waves of Cuban immigrants are pouring into the United States on rickety
boats or via eight-country treks through Central America. But others are
taking… Continue reading

Distrust and Fear Among Cuban “Land Rafters”

Distrust and Fear Among Cuban “Land Rafters” / Ivan Garcia
Posted on December 10, 2015

Ivan Garcia, Costa Rica, 7 December 2015 — For Jorge Echevarria, 25, it
all started one morning in La Vibora, a neighborhood in south Havana,
when a woman friend, through a telephone connection via the internet,
put him in contact with an Ecuadorian coyote.

“For… Continue reading

Changing Times and the Need to Hasten Reforms

Cuba: Changing Times and the Need to Hasten Reforms
December 10, 2015
Fernando Ravsberg

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro with Cuban doctors.
HAVANA TIMES — I don’t like to be the bearer of bad tidings, but the
results of Venezuela’s elections should make us entertain the
possibility that Chavismo could lose the next presidential elections,
depriving Cuba of its main economic… Continue reading

Costa Rican President Promises He Will Not Deport Cubans

Costa Rican President Promises He Will Not Deport Cubans / 14ymedio
Posted on December 10, 2015

14ymedio, Havana, 10December 2015 – Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo
Solis sent a message of reassurance Wednesday to the nearly 6,000 Cuban
migrants now stranded in his country, since Nicaragua closed its border
to their journey north.

In a video of just over eight… Continue reading

Costa Rica will not send Cuban migrants home – President

President: Costa Rica will not send Cuban migrants home

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Costa Rica’s president on Wednesday assured
the nearly 5,000 Cuban migrants stuck in his Central American country
that none will be returned to Cuba against their will.

The video message from President Luis Guillermo Solis came one day after
the government of Belize rejected a… Continue reading

Door from Cuba Has Been Held Open

Door from Cuba Has Been Held Open
Susan Eckstein on “special treatment” of Cuban immigrants
12.10.2015 By Sara Rimer

Cuban refugees float in heavy seas 60 miles south of Key West, Fla.
during the 1994 Cuban rafters crisis. AP Photo/Dave Martin, File
In December 2014, President Obama announced a historic agreement with
Cuban President Raul Castro to normalize diplomatic relations… Continue reading

Belize rejects plan that would have allowed stranded Cubans to reach U.S.

Belize rejects plan that would have allowed stranded Cubans to reach U.S.

Almost 5,000 Cubans are stuck at the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border trying
to reach U.S.
Costa Rica had proposed flying the Cubans to Belize to continue their
journey
Belize is asking for a ‘regional’ solution
BY JIM WYSS

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA
Belize has become the latest country in Central… Continue reading

15 Undocumented Cubans Detained in Colombia

15 Undocumented Cubans Detained in Colombia / 14ymedio
Posted on December 8, 2015

14ymedio, 7 December 2015 – Ten Cuban citizens, between 22 and 38 years
old, were detained this Monday in the city of Saldaña, Colombia, in a
routine search of a bus on the Neiva-Medillín route, according to local
sources.

The foreigners, natives of Havana, Cuba, were identified… Continue reading

An End to Cuban Exceptionalism

An End to Cuban Exceptionalism
3 DEC 7, 2015 9:06 AM EST
By Editorial Board

Just as U.S. policy toward Cuba has changed, so must U.S. policy toward
Cubans — specifically, those Cubans who find their way to the U.S. But
the change in immigration policy, like the change in diplomatic policy,
needs to proceed carefully, or it may trigger… Continue reading

M.L.B.’s Cuba Trip to Include Jose Abreu, Star Who Defected

M.L.B.’s Cuba Trip to Include Jose Abreu, Star Who Defected
By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and DAVID WALDSTEIN DEC. 7, 2015

A good-will tour of Cuba next week by Major League Baseball and its
players’ union will include a prominent Cuban player who defected in
2013, a rare concession by a Cuban government that typically denounces
such individuals as traitors and… Continue reading

The Marriage Between Venezuela and Chavismo Failed

The Marriage Between Venezuela and Chavismo Failed / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez
Posted on December 7, 2015

Generation Y, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 7 December 2015 — This time neither
deception nor fear worked. Like a woman long threatened by an abusive
husband, Venezuela has slammed the door on Chavismo and done so with
determination. From now on, governing will be an… Continue reading

Miami – indolence or immunity?

Miami: indolence or immunity?
FRANCISCO ALMAGRO | Miami | 7 Dic 2015 – 2:46 pm.

Something substantially different is happening in the heart of Miami
with regards to the mass emigration of Cubans across Central American
borders. While some community leaders, journalists and charitable
organizations in exile have begun to appeal for solidarity with these
overland balseros, there has yet… Continue reading

The Stay of Some Cubans in Costa Rica

The Stay of Some Cubans in Costa Rica / Ivan Garcia
Posted on December 6, 2015

Ivan Garcia, Costa Rica, 2 December 2015 — Just after 5:30 in the
afternoon, night falls on the Costa Rican village of La Cruz, some 12
miles from the Nicaraguan border.

It is a neighborhood of gentle slopes, clean streets and an agreeable
climate.… Continue reading

Possible Regional Implications Of The Cuban Migration Crisis In Central America

Possible Regional Implications Of The Cuban Migration Crisis In Central
America / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos
Posted on December 6, 2015

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 4 December 2015 – Cubans wanting to
leave the country for the United States found in Ecuador’s visa waiver a
chance to undertake the journey by different routes, but basically
traversing a continent via Colombia, Panama,… Continue reading

New wave of Cuban immigrants reaches U.S., but through Texas, not Florida

New wave of Cuban immigrants reaches U.S., but through Texas, not Florida
Posted: Sunday, December 6, 2015 3:00 am
By Molly Hennessy-Fiske Los Angeles Times

HOUSTON —When Jordanis Perez fled Havana in the spring for the United
States, he decided his best chances weren’t by boat to Florida, but by a
route increasingly favored by thousands of Cuban migrants: by… Continue reading

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