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    Covid strands 1,000 Cuban, Haitian migrants in Colombia

    Covid strands 1,000 Cuban, Haitian migrants in Colombia



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    Covid strands 1,000 Cuban, Haitian migrants in Colombia




    The closing of Panama's border due to Covid has stranded a thousand migrants -- most from Haiti and Cuba -- in Colombia, as they had planned to sneak across on their way to the United States, officials said Thursday.







    JOAQUIN SARMIENTO File image of the town of Capurgana, near Necocli, and the Gulf of Uraba during a Colombian Air Force helicopter flight in Choco department, Colombia, near the border with Panama, on October 14, 2020


    Now in makeshift tents on the beach of Necocli, these migrants hope to sneak into Panama en route to the US by crossing the dangerous Gulf of Uraba to the Colombian border town of Acandi, emergency management director Cesar Zuniga told AFP.

    Acandi, a tiny Colombian town near the Panamanian border, however, has been unwilling to let the group come in, Zuniga said.

    "We plan to install toilets (...) and water tanks for them because they relieve themselves in the square," an official from Necocli, a town of about 40,000 inhabitants, said.

    Most of the migrants are Cuban and Haitian, including about 100 children and pregnant women, he said.

    But there are also other foreign nationals among them, especially from African countries, including Burkina Faso, Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, DRCongo, Guinea and Somalia.





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    Acandi Mayor Alexander Murillo argues that if the group got stranded in his town, which is even smaller than Necocli, there would be a "health risk" for residents due to Covid-19; as such, he urged authorities to set up a humanitarian corridor to Panama's border.

    Colombia's migration service did not respond to his request.

    Murillo said Colombia's recent resumption of international flights has helped feed the surge in migrants into the area.

    Colombia's Gulf of Uraba is one of the main crossing points for migrants, some of whom also sometimes come from Asia, to reach the United States by the Caribbean, with stops in Central America.

    Seven migrants drowned on January 4 when an illegal boat sank in this area.

    Colombia decreed the closure of its land and river borders on March 16, 2020 and has extended the order until March 1, 2021, to stop the spread of the coronavirus.


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    DO NOT REWARD THEM - DEPORT THEM ALL

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    These illegal aliens need to be sent back home from Columbia!

    We cannot take in hordes of illegal aliens from all over the world.

    They trash the countries they left and they trash EVERY country they invade to get to the USA. They come here, overbreed in poverty, and trash our neighborhoods.

    Slam that border shut!

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    Colombia reports almost 700 migrants stranded in Caribbean region




    Fri, January 29, 2021, 12:29 PM



    BOGOTA (Reuters) - Some 700 migrants bound for the United States are stranded on a Caribbean beach in Colombia because the South American country's borders remain closed to curb the spread of coronavirus, the migration agency said on Friday.

    The migrants are stuck on beaches in Necocli, a municipality in Colombia's Antioquia province, from where they hope to pass through the dangerous Darian Gap towards Panama and then north towards the United States, said migration agency director Juan Francisco Espinosa.

    The stranded migrants include some 647 Haitian nationals, as well as 23 Cubans, and 19 migrants from African countries, he said.

    Just in the last week more than 500 migrants have arrived in Necocli, demanding they be allowed to travel to Panama.

    "This isn't possible because there is a presidential order to close the borders and additionally Panama has also closed its borders," Espinosa said, adding that migrants will receive humanitarian aid while border controls with Ecuador will be stepped up to prevent more immigrants from entering Colombia.

    Colombia has closed its land and river borders since March 2020, a measure it will keep in place until at least March 1. It deported some 3,800 illegal migrants last year, the majority from Haiti, according to agency statistics.

    Migrants from Cuba, African and Asian countries are also detained in Colombia as they look to travel to the United States with help from people-trafficking networks.

    At the start of January four Haitians - a man, a pregnant woman and two children - drowned after their vessel shipwrecked between Necocli and Capurgana, a Colombian Caribbean resort from where they intended to travel to Panama.

    Migration authorities, with help from the military and police, captured 198 people traffickers in recent months and dismantled 60 trafficking networks, Espinosa said.
    (Reporting by Luis Jaime Acosta; Writing by Oliver Griffin; Editing by Richard Chang)


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    Not "stranded" ... load them on a barge and tow them BACK to Cuba and Haiti.

    Columbia does not want these people.

    Central America does not want these people.

    Mexico does not want these people.

    USA DOES NOT WANT THESE PEOPLE!

    SHUT THE PIPELINE DOWN DUMPING YOUR UNWANTED PEOPLE OVER OUR BORDER!
    ILLEGAL ALIENS HAVE "BROKEN" OUR IMMIGRATION SYSTEM

    DO NOT REWARD THEM - DEPORT THEM ALL

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