In order to have a worry-free trip back to the states we had arranged for a house/pet sitter to come down and look after things. I picked her up in Paso Canoas, the Panama-Costa Rican border town nearest us, in late September. After stepping off the bus from Golfito, the first thing she did was comment on all of the (rowdy) blacks she found. I was surprised, as I seldom saw any blacks at this border town, and those that were around were so few in number as to hardly be noticeable.
A few days later this same house-sitter drove me to this same border town for my trip to the states where I was to meet Jan. Sure enough, there were a LOT of blacks, mostly just hanging around it seemed.
When I got to San Jose, Costa Rica, I described the situation to my cab driver. He was aware of it, and told me they came from various parts but all were headed to the United States!
When Jan and I came back through Paso Canoas following our state-side visit, we found the same situation. Large numbers of blacks. They were not mingling with other travelers but seemed sequestered in groups of 40 or 50. Also, they had their own special lines for CR customs and immigration. Wonder why?
Today October 15, 2016, we took our house-sitter back to Paso Canoas for her return trip home. And sure enough, large numbers of blacks. I would estimate a total of about 100 individuals.
As we arrived quite early for our house-sitter’s bus I continued to observe and wonder. As before, they were escorted from Panama to Costa Rica customs/immigration in groups of maybe 50, mostly 2 abreast. There was an escort in the front and two in the back. I was somewhat surprised to find that the escorts were national police, not customs and immigration officers.
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Curiosity got the better of me and I attempted to get more information from one of the policemen. He was happy to talk.
I asked if this was a morning event or if it went on all day. All day.
Where do they come from? They land at ports in Buenos Aires (Atlantic) and Golfito (Pacific) and come up through Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, etc.
And ultimately? Ultimately to the United States.
How long has this been going on? He conferred with his fellow officer and they agreed. About 5 months.