After Central America slog, Cubans can expect US welcome

The Cubans are part of a big wave of migrants leaving their Communist-ruled island over the past year for America, in the wake of a diplomatic thaw between Washington and HavanaSan José (AFP) – The first 180 Cuban migrants, of nearly 8,000 stranded in Costa Rica, flew to El Salvador to continue an arduous journey through Central America and Mexico to new lives in the United States. The Cubans are part of a big wave of migrants leaving their Communist-ruled island over the past year for America, in the wake of a diplomatic thaw between Washington and Havana. No. Although they don’t have American entry visas, under a special US law passed during the Cold War, the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act, arriving Cubans can ask for permission — called a “parole” — which allows them to stay for a year, after which they can apply for US permanent residency.

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