18 Cubans hoping to get to US arrive at Honduras island after spending 10 days in boat at sea
18 Cubans hoping to get to US arrive at Honduras island after spending
10 days in boat at sea
By Associated Press, Wednesday, December 14, 4:25 AM
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Eighteen U.S.-bound Cubans are in Honduras after
spending 10 days at sea.
Honduran immigration spokesman Jose Barahona says the Cubans arrived on
the island of Guanaja in the Caribbean on Tuesday. He says they left
from the Cuban coastal town of Manzanillo on Dec. 4.
More than 1,200 Cubans have arrived in Honduras under similar
circumstances over the last five years. Authorities often extend 15- or
30-day humanitarian visas to the immigrants.
Many wind up continuing their illegal journey, hiring smugglers to take
them to the United States. Cuba and Honduras re-established diplomatic
ties in 2001 after a nearly 40-year break.