President Sebastián Piñera referred, this Monday, to the migratory conflict that crosses the north of the country and to the New Migration Law that is being processed in Congress, before which he indicated that the policy of expulsions will continue and that, in turn, An understanding was reached with Bolivia to improve the protection of the border.
“If someone enters our country illegally, they risk being expelled. That is the policy of our government, that is what the law says and that is what we are going to do,” said Piñera.
“Our government’s policy has been strong and clear from day one. We are open to legal migration: those who come to Chile telling the truth, who respect our laws, who contribute to the development of our country, who join the community,” said the head of state.
This is why the president commented that the regulation of the new Migration Law is “very complex, because it has to meet many requirements”, but that it will give them “much greater efficiency in controlling illegal migration”.
On Thursday of last week, the document of the Comptroller’s Law was withdrawn, since 9 of the 190 articles presented substantive problems that endangered their approval in Congress due to the fact that they were of questionable legality. However, on Friday the text was re-entered after making the corresponding modifications, contemplating the area of protection of the human rights of people “in the context of human mobility.”
“We hope that the prompt approval of the regulatory text constitutes progress with respect to the current needs and expectations of the migrant community and the general public,” the Executive pointed out at that time.
On the other hand, the President said today that an agreement was reached with Bolivia to carry out joint work to protect the borders. This, after a meeting that involved the interior ministers and representatives of the Foreign Ministry of both countries.
“It allows greater collaboration from Bolivia, because the main problem we have is in the northern borders. In Chile we have a long border in the north of the country, there are more than 1,100 kilometers of border with Bolivia and Peru, and controlling it is very difficult”, he stated.