Cuban Migrants to Pass through Guatemala in their Way to Mexico

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The first group of Cuban migrants from Costa Rica will pass today morning through Guatemala and will enter Mexican territory on the border of Tecun Uman, in the western department of San Marcos.

Calculations suggest that the trip of the group of 180 people crossing through this territory, in buses, will last at least nine hours if they considered necessary to stop for eating food and using toilets.

The Cuban migrants will arrive in Guatemala from the airport in Comalapa, El Salvador, where they arrived at dawn in a flight provided by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for those who were in condition to pay travel costs.

According to immigration authorities, the Caribbean people will board a bus at the airport of the neighboring country to enter the border of La Hachadura, as it is known in El Salvador, or Pedro de Alvarado, in keeping with the way in which the border of the southeastern department of Jutiapa is identified.

Upon arriving in Mexico, authorities will give them a bracelet that will enable them use public and private transportation, aircraft and other services during the 20 days that will allow them to stay in that territory, where they are supposed to achieve entering the United States.

The governments of the Central American Integration System (SICA) and Mexico state that the Cubans could enter the United States without a setback by the Cuban Adjustment Act (1966), in virtue of which they are received if they arrive in by land, with “the dry feet,” and after one year to receive their residence.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala (Minex) on January 8 and 9, the Guatemalan embassy in Costa Rica, in coordination with the Directorate General of Immigration in that country, received the 180 travelers of the island at a Mobile Consulate office.

(Prensa Latina)

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