15,580 people who have attempted to enter the country illegally.

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Active surveillance maintained by five police forces in the country has prevented the entry of 15,580 foreigners who sought to evade the closure of borders, particularly those from Nicaragua since the operation “Safe Borders” began, announced on March 17.

This was reported by the Minister of Public Security, Governance and Police, Michael Soto Rojas, from the new command post in Tablillas, in Los Chiles, when taking stock of the inter-institutional operation that is carried out in the north of the country with the objective to inspect the operation of the agricultural sector, under the sanitary, labor and migratory guidelines, in the framework of the national emergency.

Through a video played at a press conference on Monday, the hierarch specified that during the last week a total of 148 companies have been visited, where 5,957 people were approached. As a result, 13 people who were in an irregular migratory situation were rejected, 2 were captured for various crimes, 22 companies were closed and 57 sanitary orders were issued to companies and 120 to people.

“It is a joint work where all the police and health institutions have been attending the emergency at all times,” said Minister Soto Rojas, while indicating that they will remain in the area under constant monitoring.

For his part, the Deputy Minister of Labor of the Labor Area, Ricardo Marín, explained that 21 companies with labor irregularities have been found. “The most constant situations that we have been able to locate are occupational health issues and other merely labor issues such as the minimum wage, rest days and overtime payments,” he explained.

“The companies were given a set deadline to see if they comply and if not, prosecute all the processes in order to give these workers all the benefits they deserve in the workplace,” he said.

For his part, the Vice Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Ana Cristina Quirós Soto, indicated that 80% of the companies visited in the northern part of the country comply with sanitary requirements and are up to date with all the obligations that govern them in labor matters. , migratory and phytosanitary.

She added that the mechanism to regularize those agricultural workers who demonstrate roots in the country, before the start of the pandemic, is coordinated with the General Directorate of Migration, given the need for harvest labor that the sector requires.

“We continue to work in the most efficient and effective way possible at all times to protect the health of the people who live in our country,” concluded the Public Security chief, Michael Soto.

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