Mexico Deports 49 Cuban Migrants
Mexico Deports 49 Cuban Migrants / 14ymedio
14ymedio, Havana. 13 March 2017 – Mexico’s National Institute of
Migration (INM) reported in a press release that on Monday morning it
repatriated 49 Cubans who were in the country in an irregular
situation. At 7:30 a.m. (local time) they were sent on a Federal Police
plane from Quintana Roo to Jose Marti Airport in Havana.
The migrants – 40 men and nine women – had arrived in Mexico on
different dates and were waiting to obtain a transit permit that would
have allowed them to reach the US border.
Since the ending of the previous US wet foot/dry foot immigration
policy, the Mexican government no longer gives Cubans without visas
trnsit permits, which allow foreigners without recognized nationality to
legally travel for 20 days through the country.
In contrast, Mexican authorities have since implemented a bilateral
agreement with Havana, which allows the return of citizens of the
Caribbean country, if the Cuban consulate in Mexico recognizes their
According to the official Cubadebate newspaper, between January 12 – the
end of the previous US immigration policy – and February 15, 264 Cubans
were deported by the Mexican INM following the same procedure.
As of February 18, a total of 680 migrants were repatriated to the
island from different countries, mostly from the United States.
Source: Mexico Deports 49 Cuban Migrants / 14ymedio – Translating Cuba –