Panama closes border crossing to Cuban migrants

Cuban passports are seen on May 15, 2015 at the immigration office in Puerto Obaldia, 300 km southeast of Panama CityPanama on Monday slammed shut its border crossing with Colombia to Cuban migrants, becoming the third Central American country to halt access to an unrelenting exodus of Cubans trying to reach the United States. Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela’s announcement that Cubans without visas will no longer be permitted entry comes as nearly 4,000 other Cuban migrants began departing Panama on daily flights to northern Mexico.

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