MEXICO CITY — Nearly 200 Cuban migrants who recently arrived in southern Mexico after being stranded several months in Costa Rica began making plans on Thursday to travel to the border with the United States.
Migrant Manuel Rivero Oliva, reached by telephone early Thursday at a hotel in the southern city of Tapachula, said he and his cousin Alexei Oliva were headed to the airport there to buy plane tickets, hopefully for Friday, to the border city of Matamoros across from Brownsville, Texas.
Rivero, a 27-year-old trying to reach Orlando, Florida, said Wednesday's travel had gone smoothly and that in about an hour they received the paperwork needed to transit Mexico.
"It was all really fast. They (Mexican immigration officials) were well prepared with a team there waiting for us. It's a blessing," Rivero said. "It was a beautiful thing to know there are so many people supporting us."
His cousin, Alexei Oliva, 28, who planned to travel to Michigan once they reach the U.S., said most of their countrymen had spent the night in shelters in Tapachula and planned to continue north by bus. Oliva said he left Cuba on Oct. 27, flying first to Ecuador where he worked for a time to save money to continue.
On Wednesday, the 180 Cubans descended one by one from chartered buses and were processed by Mexican authorities, who issued transit visas granting them 20 days to leave the country.
Sergei Acosta, a 35-year-old farmer, was the first of the Cubans to set foot on Mexican soil. He said he was elated despite a long night of travel by plane from Costa Rica to El Salvador, and from there by bus through Guatemala to Ciudad Hidalgo in Mexico.
"I'm very excited to have arrived," Acosta told The Associated Press. He said he left Cuba in search of economic opportunity, and was optimistic about landing a job in the United States and then sending for his wife and daughter to join him. "It's the need to have a better life."
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