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The United States is “encouraging” — but not warning — Central American nations to stop flying Cuban citizens to northern Mexico, making it easier for them to cross into the United States illegally.
A State Department official told Congress on Tuesday that the U.S. engages with Central American nations, “encouraging them to ensure safe, legal and orderly migration.”
But in recent months, tens of thousands of people have fled Cuba, heading to the United States by way of Central America.
“Earlier this year, Costa Rica and Panama worked with the government of Mexico and did airlift almost 8,000 Cuban migrants from both countries to the northern part of Mexico, where they crossed into the United States,” Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Francisco “Paco” Palmieri told a Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee. …
“Have we said to them, do not airlift people?” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) asked Palmieri. …
“We have not told them not to do the airlift, sir,” Palmieri said.