Pope Calls For Compassion Toward Cuban Migrants

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Approximately 3,000 Cuban migrants trying to get to the U.S. are stuck at the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border. Pope Francis wants to “invite the countries of the region to renew with generosity all necessary efforts in order to find a rapid solution to this humanitarian drama.”

The number of Cubans fleeing their Communist homeland has been on the rise ever since the Obama administration normalized relations with Cuban President Raul Castro’s government in December 2014. The pope played the pivotal role of being an impartial broker as the U.S. and Cuban governments negotiated the resumption of diplomatic relations.

According to the pope, the U.S. has a moral obligation to receive the migrants since many of them have been subjected to human trafficking. The migrants consist of adults between the ages of 20 and 40 who are traveling with kids.

The Cuban migrants got to the Costa Rica-Nicaragua border by flying to Ecuador and then traveling by land into Central America. In February, Pope Francis will visit Mexico and immigration will be a central theme of his visit. The pope will visit Juarez, a Mexican border city.

When Pope Francis addressed the U.S. Congress in September, he called upon lawmakers to legislate with compassion and welcome immigrants whether they be from the Middle East or Latin America.

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