First batch of Cubans taking the night flight

The first 180 participants in the Cuban airlift to El Salvador will be taking a night flight Tuesday.

The departure will be a made-for-television event complete with a speech by Manuel González, minister of  Relaciones Exteriores y Culto.

The foreign ministry said that the 180 selected individuals will be arriving by bus to the Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia about 8 p.m. Tuesday from their public shelters in La Cruz.

This is a pilot program that will allow the government to decide if it will follow the same procedures to move all the 7,800 Cuban migrants to El Salvador. The trip is by Avianca, and the Cubans are paying their fares and the normal $29 Costa Rican exit tax.

Buses and perhaps lodging will be waiting in El Salvador. The buses are to cross Honduras and Guatemala to deliver the migrants into México where they will seek to travel to the U.S. border where they receive preferential immigration treatment.

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