“Migration in Chile must be regular and by authorized steps”: Government will present a draft migration law

The head of the Interior, Izkia Siches, reported that they will also extend Decree No. 265, whose objective is to provide for the collaboration of the Armed Forces with civil and police authorities in the areas of logistics, transportation, and technology.

Thursday, August 4, 2022 2:48 p.m.

From the Municipality of Colchane in the Region of Tarapacá, the Minister of the Interior, Izkia Siches, announced that the Government will present a bill that modifies the current migration regulation law, in order to facilitate the process of expelling migrants and that simplify the notification processes to them.

The chief of staff traveled to the extreme north region to evaluate the security situation with her authorities and to inspect the border area together with the national director of the Migration Service, Luis Eduardo Thayer. At a press conference, Siches declared that “the Government is committed to advancing in an orderly migration and regular” as well as dealing with migration by irregular steps.

In the instance, the minister pointed out that she was not only speaking to the North Macrozone but to the entire country. “Those people who intend to enter our country through irregular steps, tell them very clearly: that is not allowed in Chile”declared and added that “also those people who pass through the different border crossings who come to commit crimes in our country, harm the citizens of our country, We are going to persecute, prosecute and expel them“.

According to what was stated by the authority of La Moneda, the experience they have had in their administration has shown that the migration law as it stands makes it difficult for both the police and the State apparatus to operate. Likewise, he announced that they will extend Decree No. 265 of the Ministry of Defense, whose objective is order the collaboration of the Armed Forces with civil and police authorities in the areas of logistics, transportation and technology in relation to activities linked to drug trafficking and transnational organized crime.

Along the same lines, the minister stated that this announcement adds to the work that has been carried out by the Ministry of the Interior to confront organized crime. In addition, she reiterated the investment of $12 billion pesos to be used to strengthen customs investigative capabilitiesas the Undersecretary of the Interior, Manuel Monsalve, also commented yesterday.

The authority clarified that The Tarapacá Region will have a budget of more than 5 thousand 700 million pesos that will be used for investigative and supervisory tasks of customs and the police. Some of the tools included in this investment will be thermal cameras, night vision goggles, drug detection equipment, vehicles, a sophisticated X-ray Scanner Portal for Colchane, drones, GoPro cameras, portable scanners, inspection equipment, among others.

“We have a deficit in infrastructure that we have to solve, but we believe that this investment demonstrates the will of our government to take on this challenge,” he stressed. In addition, he expressed that they will continue working with the different authorities “to face the migratory phenomenon, to do it with respect to human rights, but with very clear messages: Migration in Chile must be regular and by authorized steps“.

Similarly, he mentioned that the current migration crisis is a situation that could be replicated in the future and the Government is working on the basis of that projection. Therefore, the Minister of the Interior stressed that the country had to move towards a specialized body that defines with experience and capabilities to permanently protect the border of the national territory.

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