Please welcome your new and legal neighbors

Dear Fellow Americans:

In a couple of days the first of some 8,000 Cuban migrants will be presenting themselves at the U.S. southern border.

These are the first few who have been trapped in Costa Rica for nearly two months. They seek a better life, and, unlike many immigrants from the south, they are legal.

The U.S. government decided in 1966 to give a warm welcome to anyone who managed to flee Cuba and end up in the United States.

We hope that you, too, will give these travelers a warm welcome because from what we can see they are decent people. They are good people with guts because they have made a difficult trip. Most

traveled from Cuba to Ecuador and then overland to Costa Rica. They are men, women and children who have endured a long delay as a result of politics.

We cannot comment on other Cuban migrants elsewhere in the Caribbean, but there have been no reports of criminal incidents or other  inappropriate behavior from the more than 30 public shelters that have been home for these visitors.

Costa Rica is missing a good bet by not enticing some to stay. The United States remains the goal of the migrants because many have relatives there. They chose to vote against the Castro dictatorship with their feet.

And we feel they will make good Gringos.

 

— The staff of A.M. Costa Rica

One of the first Cuban migrants to leave Costa Rica heads to the Daniel Oduber air terminal in Liberia Tuesday night. He is part of a pilot project involving 180 persons.

One of the first Cuban migrants to leave Costa Rica heads to the Daniel Oduber air terminal in Liberia Tuesday night. He is part of a pilot project involving 180 persons.

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