A group of 184 Cubans, who had traveled through Guatemala to reach Mexican territory at Ciudad Hidalgo in the southern state of Chiapas, received from Mexican authorities a provisional visitor's document which, for humanitarian reasons, allows them to travel the length of this country to the United States.
This is the second group of beneficiaries of an accord struck by Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico aimed at helping Cubans who have been stranded in Costa Rica since last Nov. 15, when Nicaragua, concerned about risks to its security and sovereignty, closed its borders.
The 39 families, which include a number of pregnant women, left Costa Rica last Thursday on a flight to El Salvador, from where they traveled in four buses through Guatemala to the Mexican border.
"They have been accompanied on their journey...during which there were no violations of their human rights, the district attorney of the Guatemalan municipality of Ayutla, Magda Zacarias, said at the Mexican border.
Throughout the trip the families had to undergo health exams due to the outbreak of Zika virus in the region. "Everywhere we stopped, the Red Cross was on hand to take our blood pressure and check our vital signs," Matilde Rosa, who is six months pregnant, said.
The National Migration Institute, or INM, provided the 184 Cubans with a provisional visitor's document granting them up to 20 days to reach the United States by their own means, where they hope to take advantage of the benefits offered by the Cuban Adjustment Act, popularly known as "wet foot, dry foot."
The INM has confirmed that Mexico will expand transportation facilities, which, for humanitarian reasons, it grants the Cubans left stranded in Central America, and which, "in the coming days, will provide direct, orderly transport to this country for those migrants."
The Foreign Ministries of Panama and Costa Rica announced Friday that an accord has been reached with Mexico for Cubans stranded in their countries to take direct flights here.
From Jan. 1 to Feb. 4, the INM delegation in Chiapas has received "2,259 foreigners of Cuban origin."
In 2015, the INM attended 12,102 Cubans who received the same benefits, it said. EFE