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Possible Regional Implications Of The Cuban Migration Crisis In Central America

Possible Regional Implications Of The Cuban Migration Crisis In Central
America / 14ymedio, Pedro Campos
Posted on December 6, 2015

14ymedio, Pedro Campos, Havana, 4 December 2015 – Cubans wanting to
leave the country for the United States found in Ecuador’s visa waiver a
chance to undertake the journey by different routes, but basically
traversing a continent via Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica Nicaragua,
Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico.

Nicaragua’s recent decision to close passage to some thousands of Cuba
who made it Costa Rica from Ecuador, and to require visas from the
island’s nationals who enter their country, has created an immigration
conflict in the region and temporarily closed the doors to Cubans who
want to go to the United States via this route.

Have Cuba, Nicaragua and Ecuador taken into account the many regional
implications of these decisions? Let’s look at some of them.

In Costa Rica there are hundreds of thousands of Nicaraguans. In Central
America, traditionally the borders are not strictly controlled for the
thousands of natives of the region who move informally in the border areas.

Is Nicaragua aware that it is setting up eventual immigration-border
conflicts in a region that is experiencing a peaceful era among
neighbors, after decades of political violence? Does this attitude have
any relationship with Nicaragua’s intentions to create a new inter-ocean
canal in open opposition to the one in Panama? Have they thought about
how violent repression of Cubans could affect future relations between
the two countries?

Has Ecuador noticed that its measure complicates life for thousands of
Cubans who aspired to leave Cuba by this route, and that it has affected
the supply of clothes, shoes, costume jewelry and other products for
thousands of self-employed Cubans who life of this market, and that any
Ecuadorian suppliers will also suffer the consequences? Has Ecuador
considered the affects on Cuban families in both countries? Has Ecuador
thought about the effect of taking this measure on future relations
between both countries?

Is the Cuban government behind these decisions by Nicaragua and Ecuador,
two of its allies on the continent? Are Nicaragua and Ecuador aware of
what this means?

And, lastly, have Cuba, Nicaragua and Ecuador taken into account all the
regional consequences that could derive from these actions and
situations, including the complications in the Straits of Florida, the
relations between Cuba and the United States and others possible between
the United States and those two countries for contributing to an
eventual complication on its southern border, should a stampede of
Cubans heading to the United States by sea develop, which could be
considered a threat to the national security of the U.S.?

Does Cuba’s looking for the elimination of the Cuban Adjustment Act
divert attention from its disjointed internal situation or is it a
complication in relations that buries the advances made so far in this
matter, with all the consequences for the island itself and the domestic
and foreign policy of the United States?

Is there an express intention of complicating regional relations in the
event of the parliamentary elections in Venezuela?

The latest developments point to a partial solution to the current
presence of Cubans in Costa Rica, but complicate in the Cuban emigration
phenomenon. With regards to a meeting between the governments of Cuba
and the United States, the first declared that the United States was
politically manipulating the Cuban Adjustment Act, and the United States
reiterated that it will not change its immigration policy toward Cuba.
Havana criticized the American law that facilities the awarding of visas
to Cuban doctors and Cuba just suspended the ability of doctors to
freely leave the country, who will now have to obtain permission from
the Ministry of Public Health if they wish to travel.

Every sensible foreign policy takes into account not only the narrow
interests of the political groups in power, but also those of the entire
nation and those of its neighbors, allies or otherwise.

Source: Possible Regional Implications Of The Cuban Migration Crisis In
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