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Costa Rica and Panama work to solve immigration crisis at their border

LADB Article ID: 80161
Category/Department: Region
Date: 2016-12-08
By: George Rodríguez

Just as Europe is the finish line for thousands fleeing war-torn Syria and poverty-stricken African nations, the US is the destination for many migrants in desperate search of the safety and well-being they cannot find at home. Although in lesser numbers, irregular migrants incessantly follow the Central American trail in search of el sueño americano, the American dream. They come from places as far as Africa and Asia and as close as the Caribbean. Many are escaping the region known as Northern Triangle of Central America, which comprises El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras. The route includes Mexico, with its 3,155-km land border with the US, a boundary where US President-elect Donald Trump has threatened to build a wall to stop aliens from entering the country. The present migrant crisis in Central America dates from November 2015, when authorities in Costa Rica dismantled, at the country’s border with Panama, an international network of human traffickers known as coyotes who were taking hundreds of Cuban nationals to the US. The action broke a link in the criminal organization’s chain, and left increasing numbers of Cubans stranded at the southern Costa Rican border city of Paso Canoas, a bustling commercial town that stretches on both sides of the 330-km border with Panama.

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