Cuban problem not seen as priority

President Luis Guillermo Solís is going to Cuba Dec. 15 for the first visit by a Costa Rican chief executive since Fidel Castro took over.

Yet, the plight of perhaps as many as 4,000 Cubans stuck in Costa Rica is not very high on the agenda. Sources at Casa Presidencial said that there are many more important topics to discuss with Cuban officials.

The Cuban government most likely is pleased that the exodus of young workers has been stopped at the Nicaraguan border.

At the last count released Friday, the national emergency commission said there were 2,886 Cuban migrants in public shelters.

The government has been largely ineffective in obtaining help from other countries to ease the crisis.

Now there are fears that the masses of humanity in some 11 shelters are primed for outbreaks of diseases.

The Cubans hope to reach the United States where Cold War legislation gives them entry and a way to gain residency.

One Cuban was unsuccessful Tuesday in trying to make his own way north.

The Policía Profesional de Migración said they detained one man because he had fake stamps in his passport and carried a fake Spanish identity card.

The man, who was identified by the last names of  Rodríguez Rodríguez, went from Juan Santamaría airport to the fiscalía de flagrancia de Alajuela.

The immigration agency said the man was trying to board a flight to México Tuesday afternoon. Officials said they had no record of the man entering Costa Rica.

The arrest raises the possibility that the Cuban migrants are being offered fake documents to continue on their journey.

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