Colombia adopts measures to battle migrant crisis

More than 1,200 Cubans are stranded in Colombia with hundreds of them housed in a warehouse in the port town of TurboColombia will undertake emergency measures against illegal migration, including deporting thousands of Cuban and other migrants and reinforcing its borders following a massive influx of people bound for the United States, the government said late on Tuesday. “The national government has given the instruction to initiate an emergency plan” to stop “this irregular migration from proceeding through our territory,” migration director Christian Kruger said at the presidential residence, following an emergency government meeting that included President Juan Manuel Santos. Colombia will reinforce its southwestern border with Ecuador and along the Gulf of Uraba near Panama, where migrants have traveled in the hope of making it to the United States.

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