Here’s What Ecuador Does With Its Illegal Immigrants

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Ecuador is kicking out a bunch of Cuban migrants who were traveling through the country trying to get to the U.S. to flee Castro’s communist regime.

Forty-six Cubans were sent back to their island Wednesday after they were denied visas from Ecuador. The Cuban migrants’ plan was to illegally travel through Ecuador so they could get to Mexico and ultimately the U.S.

The Obama administration’s decision to normalize diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba in December 2014 has led many Cuban migrants to rush into the U.S. out of fear they will soon not be recognized as asylum seekers. A 1996 law, the Cuban Adjustment Act, gives preferential status to Cuban migrants over other migrants, quickly making them eligible for residency and working in the U.S.

Ecuador’s interior minister, the equivalent of the secretary of Homeland Security, stated that 121 Cubans have been sent back to their communist country since Saturday. Cubans have lived in tents outside the Mexican Embassy and other areas of Ecuador in hopes of landing visas since June, according to Univision.

Thousands of Cubans who were stranded in Costa Rica in December were flown out of the country to El Salvador, where they proceeded to board buses to Mexico. The deal to get the Cubans into the U.S. from Costa Rica was brokered by Pope Francis.

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