The Daily Mail
Obama's Refugee Crisis
By Shekhar Bhatia
Thousands of Cuban's flee Castro over fears open-door policy will end but are now stuck in Central America.
Thousands of Cubans are caught in a new refugee crisis triggered by President Obama's moves towards ending the embargo on the country, Daily Mail Online can reveal.
As many as 8,000 are living in squalor in Costa Rica where their attempts to reach the United States have stalled, with the central American country facing a growing humanitarian crisis over their presence.
The Cubans are trying to get to the US land border with Mexico, where they will be able to claim refugee status in America, and a rapid path to citizenship.
Thousands have fled the Communist country since Obama and Raul Castro last year ended more than 60 years of frozen relations.
They have moved in a panic prompted by fears that the detente would lead to the abolition of automatic refugee status for Cubans who reach the US land border.