Cuban migrants anxious in Costa Rica for more flights en route to U.S.

Hair cut.
Laundry work.
Self-style baseball.
And card games.
Time was spent with impatience but without choice.
During the second week of January, more pregnant women and families with children were waiting for upcoming charter flights arranged by the Costa Rican government to fly Cuban migrants to El Salvador.
From there they would travel to Guatemala and Mexico by bus en route to the United States for their American Dreams, all at their own expenses.

(Soundbite) Yadira Ragel Pozo, Cuban Migrant
“Still waiting to see when there will be the next departure for mothers and families.”
(Soundbite) Jane D. Sagv, Cuban Migrant
“Flight is expected for pregnant women and families with children. We just do not know when the next flight will be arranged.”
(Soundbite) Yadira Ragel Pozo, Cuban Migrant
“I wish I had caught the first flight, but hey it was impossible for the sake of children’s safety.”

The first group of 180 Cuban migrants started off from Costa Rica on January 12 and soon arrived in Mexico, where a 20-day visa was issued for them to cross the border to set foot on the U.S. soil.
Costa Rica promised that more flights would follow in the trial plan designed by Central American countries to open a path for thousands of stranded Cubans to follow.

(Soundbite) Jane D. Sagv, Cuban Migrant
“I hope the second flight to come soon. It is urgent for pregnant women to go. We are afraid not to be allowed to fly. We become more and more worried, as time passes.”

The U.S. has a longstanding policy of accepting Cuban migrants, which has propelled tens of thousands of Cubans to trek almost 8,000 kilometers through Central America to arrive in their dreamland.

However, due to differences and disputes among Central American countries about how to treat Cuban migrants, thousands of them have been stalemated in Costa Rica, Panama and Honduras since mid-November.

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