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Admin comment: The "wet foot/dry foot" policy of the USA does have an impact on Panama in general, and specifically Chiriqui Province. The nexus is that many Cuban immigrants (as well as other nationalities as they mimic the Cubans) have traveled to South America and then through Panama on their way to try to get to the USA, only to get blocked at the border with Costa Rica, resulting in numerous health, sanitation, and security problems in Panama, specifically including Chiriqui.

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Yes it has affected Chiriqui. The cubanos brought the h1 n1 virus with them and financial stress. Some cubanos died here with the virus and also infected Panamnians.  Ecuador started enforcing visas and Costa Rica said no more undocumented cubanos. Panama didn't do much other than house them and fly the last group to Mexico. Locals told me they were mad because they had to foot the bill for the cubanos.

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On 1/12/2017 at 5:59 PM, Admin_01 said:

Admin comment: The "wet foot/dry foot" policy of the USA does have an impact on Panama in general, and specifically Chiriqui Province. The nexus is that many Cuban immigrants (as well as other nationalities as they mimic the Cubans) have traveled to South America and then through Panama on their way to try to get to the USA, only to get blocked at the border with Costa Rica, resulting in numerous health, sanitation, and security problems in Panama, specifically including Chiriqui.

It is management's assessment that this posting complies with website policy and forum guidelines.

As an addendum to our earlier post, in part because of the possibility of misunderstanding or implying too much: Note that, although related, there is a difference between immigration and migration. This topic is about migration, which in simple terms is the movement of people (and animals and birds) from one region to another. Immigration is about the movement to a country, and generally includes complying with the receiving country's immigration laws.

Migrant trafficking became more common as a result of the US policy. Several migrants have died in Panama as a result of disease or accident (e.g., while forging a river). The sad story goes on and on.

For more information about the direct impact of the migration crisis on Panama, see: http://www.chiriqui.life/topic/2147-migration-crisis-in-panama-continues.

We seriously considered merging this topic with the above referenced topic, but decided against doing so for two reasons: (a) this policy change gives hope of changing an underlying problem, and (b) this policy change would get lost in the maze of misery documented in the other topic.

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23 hours ago, Admin_01 said:

Admin comment: The "wet foot/dry foot" policy of the USA does have an impact on Panama in general, and specifically Chiriqui Province. The nexus is that many Cuban immigrants (as well as other nationalities as they mimic the Cubans) have traveled to South America and then through Panama on their way to try to get to the USA, only to get blocked at the border with Costa Rica, resulting in numerous health, sanitation, and security problems in Panama, specifically including Chiriqui.

It is management's assessment that this posting complies with website policy and forum guidelines.

Cuban migrants must leave Panama now US policy changed

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AFP
13 January 2017

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/cuban-migrants-must-leave-panama-now-us-policy-200355210.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=tw

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Cubanos dicen que les dieron 48 horas para dejar el país e ingresar a Costa Rica

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Paso Canoas (Chiriquí). El drama de los cubanos migrantes cuyo propósito es llegar a Estados Unidos no ha terminado. Setenta y dos de ellos está varados como “parias” en la frontera entre Panamá y Costa Rica. Son 72 los cubanos que estuvieron tres meses en la provincia de Darién, en un albergue manejado por el Servicio Nacional de Migración (SNM), pero vigilado por el Servicio Nacional de Fronteras (SENAFRONT).

Hace un año, un puente aéreo con México y un acuerdo con Centroamérica permitió que una oleada de cubanos que llegó al país vía Ecuador, Colombia y Brasil viajarán a los Estados Unidos. “Llegamos aquí en dos buses del SENAFRONT y nos dieron 48 horas para abandonar el país”, manifestó Carlos Manuel Díaz, oriundo de La Habana.

La mayoría, sin dinero ni hospedaje, se concentran en la entrada de Paso Canoas bajo la vigilancia de agentes del SENAFRONT, la fuerza élite creada para enfrentar amenazas guerrilleras y terroristas en las fronteras.

Un vocero de justicia y paz dijo que a todos los cubanos les dieron 48 horas para dejar el país, pero los caribeños no quieren ingresar a Costa Rica e insisten en pedir refugio en Panamá.

Varios mostraron resoluciones de la Oficina para los Refugiados (ONPAR), donde rechazaron aquellas peticiones.

Obelín Yadira López García denunció que su esposo, Alejandro Riberi, está detenido en las oficina de migración en la capital, por rebelarse en el campamento de Las Lajas en Darién, desde hace 22 días.

“Quiero me entreguen a mi esposo”, insistió López García.

“Salimos de Las Blancas en Darién creyendo que había un acuerdo con Costa Rica para acogernos. Aquí nos dijeron (oficiales de Senafront) que estamos ilegales y teníamos 48 horas para abandonar el país y nos recomendaron que cruzaramos a Costa Rica por trochas ilegales”, aseguró Adonis Arjona.

La versión de Arjona y la supuesta amenaza de abandonar Panamá en 48 horas no pudieron ser constatadas con las autoridades que no respondieron a las peticiones de Metro Libre, en Chiriquí.

JAMES APARICIO

japaricio@metrolibre.com
Twitter: @jamesapariciopa
Instragram: @jamesapariciopadre

 

 

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Paso Canoas (Chiriquí). The drama of migrant Cubans whose purpose is to reach the United States is not over. Seventy-two of them are stranded as "pariahs" on the border between Panama and Costa Rica. There are 72 Cubans who spent three months in the province of Darien, in a shelter run by the National Migration Service (SNM), but monitored by the National Border Service (SENAFRONT).

A year ago, an airlift with Mexico and an agreement with Central America allowed a wave of Cubans who arrived in the country via Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil to travel to the United States. "We arrived here on two SENAFRONT buses and they gave us 48 hours to leave the country," said Carlos Manuel Díaz, a native of Havana.

The majority, without money or lodging, are concentrated in the entrance of Paso Canoas under the supervision of agents of the SENAFRONT, the elite force created to face guerrilla threats and terrorists in the borders.

A justice and peace spokesman said that all Cubans were given 48 hours to leave the country, but the Caribbean people do not want to enter Costa Rica and insist on seeking refuge in Panama.

Several showed resolutions of the Office for Refugees (ONPAR), where they rejected those requests.

Obelín Yadira López García denounced that her husband, Alejandro Riberi, has been detained in the immigration office in the capital, for having rebelled in Las Lajas camp in Darien, for 22 days.

"I want to be handed over to my husband," insisted Lopez Garcia.

"We left Las Blancas in Darién believing that there was an agreement with Costa Rica to welcome us. Here we were told by Senafront officials that we are illegal and we had 48 hours to leave the country and they recommended that we cross Costa Rica through illegal trails, "said Adonis Arjona.

Arjona's version and the alleged threat of leaving Panama in 48 hours could not be verified with authorities who did not respond to requests from Metro Libre in Chiriquí.

 

http://metrolibre.com/nacionales/cubanos-dicen-que-les-dieron-48-horas-para-dejar-el-pais-e-ingresar-a-costa-rica-18e

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