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2nd Group of Cuban Migrants Stuck in Costa Rica Flown Out

A second group of Cuban migrants has resumed traveling through Central America toward the United States after being stuck for months when Nicaragua closed its border to them.

The 180 migrants flew Thursday night from Costa Rica to El Salvador, where they continued north by land. Guatemalan human rights officials were accompanying the Cubans on Friday to Mexico.

There they were to be given transit visas to travel to the United States, where unique policies for Cubans let those who reach American soil stay and enjoy other benefits.

Nearly 8,000 Cuban migrants got stuck in Costa Rica after Nicaragua began refusing passage to them Nov. 14.

Authorities airlifted a first group of Cubans past Nicaragua in January in a pilot program that is now being repeated for the rest.

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