US seeks solution to Cuban migrant crisis but will not change law

December 15, 2015 03:55


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HAVANA - The United States has encouraged Central American governments to solve a humanitarian crisis in which thousands of Cubans are stranded in Costa Rica on their journey to the U.S. border, the top U.S. diplomat in Havana said on Monday.

But the diplomat, Jeffrey DeLaurentis, said Washington has no plans to intervene or change its immigration policies, which grant Cubans special treatment that welcomes them into the United States and offers residency with relative ease.

Likewise, the United States will continue a program begun in 2006 that entices Cuban doctors and nurses on overseas missions to defect even as it works to normalize relations with the Communist-run island, said DeLaurentis, the charge d'affaires.

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