December 21st, 2015 (ICR News) The Nicaraguan government said that the United States should airlift more than 5,000 Cuban migrants stranded in Costa Rica to US soil during a summit of the Central American Integration System, or SICA, in El Salvador on Friday which failed to reach a consensus on how to deal with the crisis.
Nicaragua’s deputy foreign affairs minister, Dennis Moncada said that the US has the “capability as well as the technical and financial resources” to transport the Cubans directly to US territory.
The Cuban migrants, whose numbers have continued to swell, have been stranded in Costa Rica since Nicaragua closed its border to the Cubans on November 15th.
Cuban nationals receive preferential immigration status upon setting foot in the United States under the Cuban Adjustment Act, commonly known as the “wet foot, dry foot” policy.
However, warming relations between the United States and Cuba have led to fears on the island that the policy may come to an end, sparking an unprecedented wave of Cuban migration that hasn’t been seen in decades.
Costa Rica on Friday announced that it would stop issuing transit visas to Cuban migrants to traverse its territory after Costa Rican president Luis Guillermo Solis left the summit early in protest.