“It is not easy to say goodbye to the family and build up the courage to travel to Delta Costa Rica, or to walk through mountainous terrain with a heavy vest, under the intense sun. It is not easy to risk your life by being in the first line of defense. But here you are: brave men and women, in the front line of defense, to protect the entire country. ”
With those words, the Vice President of the Republic, Epsy Campbell Barr, recognized the work of the security forces participating in the “Safe Borders” operation, in order to protect Costa Rican public health in the face of the worldwide pandemic due to the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Campbell traveled this Thursday with the Deputy Minister of the Interior and Police, Carlos Andrés Torres, and the director of the Border Police, Allan Obando, to the Delta Costa Rica police station, the point where the border with Nicaragua begins and one of the closest to Calero Island.
In the place, the hierarchs held a meeting with the different security bodies that participate in the surveillance of the border line and then spoke with community leaders in the area about the need to make improvements in access to water, electrification and new technologies.
Subsequently, they learned about the progress of the new Delta Costa Rica police station, located in the Llanuras del Gaspar district, Sarapiquí, with a construction area of 1,280 m² and an investment of ₡ 722.5 million.
“With this work, we intend to strengthen the defense of national sovereignty, as well as provide better security to the neighbors of the northern Caribbean and those who visit this area,” said Deputy Minister of the Interior and Police, Carlos Andrés Torres.
“We intend to dignify the work of the police forces that at this time carry out their work in very difficult conditions given the current infrastructure,” he added.
Vice President Campbell reported from the scene that Operation Safe Borders has been a success “because the commitment of all officers has been impressive.”
“We are guarding our borders like never before to prevent the entry of people in an irregular condition. We have identified 61 blind spots and we have a permanent police presence in those sites, ”he said.
Campbell reported that -according to data from the General Directorate of Migration and Aliens- to date 7,508 foreigners have been returned to his country (500 more than yesterday) and another 2,018 will be initiated a process to cancel their immigration status for disrespecting sanitary measures.
This Wednesday, the President of the Republic, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, visited the canton of Los Chiles, with the aim of learning about the measures adopted to increase hospital capacity in the context of pandemic care, and supervising the work of the forces of security.
Vice President Campbell, who is also coordinator of the Northern Zone Development Belt Program, has maintained constant coordination with municipal authorities, community leaders and police forces. This is the tenth visit to the territory since the national emergency was declared by COVID-19.