Mexico to Grant Temporary Visas to Stranded Cuban Migrants

Cuban migrants wait in line to check-in at the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Costa Rica, Jan. 12, 2016.

The government of Mexico said Wednesday it will give 20-day transit visas to a group of 180 Cuban migrants trying to reach the United States.

According to Mexico’s National Migration Institute, the Cubans will not be allowed to stay in Mexico after their permits expire. The visas were issued for humanitarian reasons.

Thousands of Cubans became stuck on the Costa Rican side of the border with Nicaragua after Managua refused to open its doors to hundreds of migrants heading for the U.S., spurred by fear that the normalization of relations between Washington and Havana may bring an end to a U.S. policy of automatically granting residency to Cubans who step foot on its soil. At the same time, tens of thousands of Central American migrants are deported from the United States every year.

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