U.S. tents to be used to house illegal
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The government said that it will begin moving
illegal migrants to two new and temporary
camps near the country’s northern border.
These camps will house the migrants in large
tents that have been donated by the United
The government outlined its plans Tuesday, and
said it would begin moving 50 migrants today
from a squatter’s village, called Parqueo
Deldu along the Nicaragua border, to the new
setup in Santa Cecilia, La Cruz.
Officials said that this new wave of illegal
migrants totaled about 10,900 as of last
Friday. Migrants, mostly Haitians, Africans
and other unknown nationalities are still
coming into the country. The informal camp at
the northern border has about 1,500 persons.
Two twin tent cities can hold 750 persons and
can be enlarged to hold 1,000. Some 141
tents were donated to the national emergency
commission, but officials declined to say at
the time that the tents would house migrants.
They said they would be used in the event of
The numbers of
migrants still in Costa Rica
This is the
tent city known as Santa Cecilia 2
suggest that at least 5,000 have found
their way north eventhough Nicaragua has
closed its borders to them. Most have come to
Costa Rica from South America.
There is a steady flow of Haitians to Brazil.
Costa Rican officials said they are in the
process of deporting eight Haitians, but they
did not say why.
There is a political reference in naming the
two camps after the district of the canton of
La Cruz where they are located. The Roman
Saint Cecilia had nothing to do with
immigration, but a popular Mexican band by
that name promotes immigration reform in the
United States, a favored initiative of
President Barack Obama.
collectors lack a sense of humor over sales
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Tax collectors have their backs up because
some merchants are advertising products as tax
The Dirección General de Tributación said that
such offers can be found on the Internet.
In many cases, the businesses simply are
discounting their product the amount of the 13
percent sales tax, and shoppers think they are
getting a deal.
Actually evading the sales tax in Costa Rica
is a continuing problem for officials, but
using the lack of a sales tax as a come-on is
the least of their problems. The
crucial point is if a
|merchant lists the sale each month
and remits the appropriate tax to the
government whether or not the shopper has been
charged the tax specifically. Of course,
Tributación does not like this either.
Officials insist that the tax be listed in a
separate line an official receipt.
At the very least, offering a product tax free
highlights the fact that the government is
getting 13 percent on a transaction.
Frequently this is more than the merchant nets
after expenses. The Solís administration is
trying to raise the percentage to 15
Meanwhile, if shoppers think they have been
cheated because they were not charged the
sales tax, they
have been invited to contact the tax agency.
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