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Cubans seek help reaching US

Published:Wednesday | June 22, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Scores of Cubans are camped out in front of Mexico's embassy in Ecuador, appealing for help in reaching the United States.

Among the group is Peter Borges, who said many spent all they had to reach Ecuador and cannot find work.

They are apparently seeking something similar to an international operation offered earlier this year, that lifted thousands of Cubans from Costa Rica to Mexico, so that they could reach the US. Unlike any other nationality, Cubans are essentially granted residence if they reach US territory.

Mexican Embassy press spokesman, Francisco Hernandez, said the Central American operation was an exceptional case to resolve an international problem.

Thousands of Cubans have come to Ecuador over the last decade, seeking work or to use it as a setting-off point towards to the US.