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Costa Rica deports almost 300 foreign people

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Published on Monday, May 8, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

So far this year, Costa Rica has deported 293 people, according to statistics from the General Directorate of Migration.

Of these, 280 were deported for committing crimes either in Costa Rica or in their homeland. In addition, 13 people were expelled from the country because their tourist visa was revoked or because they had criminal records that were considered dangerous, putting the security of the country at risk.

These figures show an increase compared to 2022 when 189 people were deported and 16 more were not allowed to enter.

Deportations are implemented by the Professional Migration Police. The most recent case happened on Friday when the police deported 13 people to Nicaragua. Of these 12 lived in Costa Rica without any documentation and one had a case pending with the courts for child abuse crime.

Recently, a U.S. citizen man surnamed Black, was arrested by the Migration Police at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport and taken to the Immigration Apprehension Center. There was no record of his documented entry into the country.

"National security and immigration control is the commitment of the national immigration police," said Enrique Arguedas, director of the Immigration Police. "We will continue to carry out operational actions to verify the immigration status of foreigners and to deport those who have already exceeded the time limit allowed."

Last year, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, signed an immigration agreement with Michael Soto, Minister of Public Security, to reinforce the Professional Migration Police and the Border Police.


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