The last flight and first steps: 'Historic' surge of Cubans crossing into U.S.
Updated 4:24 PM ET, Wed June 1, 2016
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Prompted in part by fears that thawing relations with Cuba will end favorable U.S. policies, thousands of Cuban immigrants are trekking through Latin America on their way to the United States. Here's a snapshot of other countries involved:
Ecuador was once a magnet for Cuban migrants because the South American country didn't require entry visas. That practice ended last year, and many Cubans are leaving with the threat of deportation looming.
Nicaragua in Central America closed its border to Cubans heading north last year, leaving thousands stranded to the south in Costa Rica.
Mexico gives Cubans arriving on flights from Central America temporary papers and shuttles them to the U.S. border.