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More than 2,500 people have been arrested and returned for trying to enter Costa Rica through the northern border.

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Active surveillance maintained by five police forces in the country has prevented the entry of 2,715 foreign people who sought to evade the closure of borders, particularly from Nicaragua, reported the first vice president of the Republic and coordinator of Fraja de Desarrollo Zona Norte, Epsy Campbell Barr , on a visit to the canton of Upala.

Campbell traveled to the northern area this Wednesday along with the Deputy Minister of the Interior and Police, Carlos Andrés Torres, and the deputy director of the Professional Migration Police, Alonso Soto, to inspect two unauthorized steps or “blind spots”, where the Professional Police Immigration, the Border Police, the National Air Surveillance Service, the National Coast Guard Service and the Public Force maintain constant operations.

“In safeguard of public health, the officers have proceeded to register, arrest, and expel from the country all foreign persons who try to enter the country. 98% of the rejections have taken place in unauthorized crossings of the northern border cord and in the official posts of Peñas Blancas and Las Tablillas, ”said Campbell.

He added that the authorities of the General Directorate of Migration and Aliens have prevented the entry of another 577 residents, by virtue of the presidential decree that cancels the immigration status of those who intend to re-enter the country, after having left during the national emergency due to the coronavirus COVID19 .

“We have taken forceful actions to protect Costa Rican families. I reiterate the call to all people who have residence, refuge or work permit in Costa Rica who do not leave the country, because doing so will initiate a process that can end with the definitive loss of immigration status. ”

The Vice President reported that, in the case of impediments, 77% occurred in Peñas Blancas, 22% at Juan Santamaría International Airport, and the remaining 1% in other official immigration control posts.

The Vice Minister of the Interior and Police, Carlos Andrés Torres, highlighted the work of all the police forces in constant vigilance at the various border posts and “blind spots”, “we are satisfied, but we still have a long way to go and we are starting this situation , our commitment is with the prevention and protection of citizens, “he said.

For his part, the deputy director of the Professional Migration Police, Alonso Soto, indicated that there has been a large decrease in people leaving regular posts, which could indicate that people are not leaving for Nicaraguan territory starting from The information that governs the Republic has been reporting.

“We will continue to work hard permanently on each of the points that are identified as most vulnerable. An example is the Delirio post where the officers of the National Migration Police have been making daily tours and have noticed a decrease in both the public services that exist on the Nicaraguan side as well as the irregular detection in these places, “he added.

Sanitary orders

Vice President Campbell also reported that in the last 13 days a total of 5,027 health orders have been delivered to Costa Ricans who have entered the country.

“All those people must remain in mandatory isolation for two weeks. We have made an emphatic call to respect this health order, because otherwise they would be committing a crime punishable by up to three years in prison, “he said.

Campbell -who coordinates the “Development Strip” program for the cantons of La Cruz, Los Chiles, Upala, Guatuso, San Carlos, Río Cuarto, Sarapiquí, Pococí and the Peñas Blancas district of San Ramón- has carried out a total of five visits to the north, in the last two weeks.

In the place, the hierarch has held meetings with the mayors of the northern zone, heads of police forces, health authorities, representatives of productive sectors of livestock, orange and pineapple.

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