President Gabriel Boric has announced that he will reinforce security on Chile’s northern border to combat the illegal entry of migrants and drug trafficking. In addition, expulsions of migrants who do not meet the requirements for entry into the country will be speeded up.
In a communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic, it was reported that more resources and technology will be allocated to strengthen surveillance on the border with Peru and Bolivia. The installation of high-resolution cameras and an increase in personnel to patrol the area are planned.
President Boric pointed out that this measure is necessary to guarantee security and protect the integrity of the inhabitants of the area. He also stressed the importance of having effective migration control and respecting the human rights of migrants who meet the requirements for entry into the country.
With regard to expulsions, the aim is to streamline procedures to make them faster and more effective. Measures will be put in place to ensure that migrants who are expelled are returned to their countries of origin in the shortest possible time.
The measure has been criticised by some sectors who consider that the human rights of migrants are being violated. However, the government has assured that rights will be respected and that the measure’s main objective is to combat the illegal entry of migrants and drug trafficking on the country’s northern border.