A protest by desperate Cuban migrants stranded on their journey to the United States paralyzed a key border crossing between Costa Rica and Nicaragua Tuesday.

Long lines of buses and trucks formed on both sides of the frontier as the migrants refused to let traffic pass, authorities from the two countries said.

“The international transport of passengers and cargo remains paralyzed” at the Penas Blancas border post, the Nicaraguan government said, warning of disruptions to trade and transport “for the entire Central American region.”

A spokesman for Costa Rica’s immigration authority confirmed the blockage.

More than 2,000 Cubans are stuck at the border, penniless and without immigration papers.

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