- Title: Argentina changes immigration law to limit entry, ease deportation
- Date: 30th January 2017
- Summary: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (FILE) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF INTERIOR OF EZEIZA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT VARIOUS OF AFRICAN MIGRANTS WORKING AFRICAN MIGRANT VENDOR TALKING TO CUSTOMER CLOSE-UP OF FACE OF AFRICAN MIGRANT VENDOR JEWELLERY ON DISPLAY AT KIOSK OF AFRICAN MIGRANT VENDOR AS VENDOR DUSTS IT CLOSE-UP OF FACE OF AFRICAN MIGRANT VENDOR AFRICAN MIGRANT VENDOR SHOWING JEWELLERY TO CUSTOMERS EXTERIOR OF GOVERNMENT MIGRATION OFFICE VARIOUS INTERIORS OF GOVERNMENT MIGRATION OFFICE SUITCASES PILED UP PHOTOS AND BELONGINGS INSIDE OF SUITCASE GENERAL VIEW OF SUITCASES PILED UP
- Embargoed: 13th February 2017 16:53
- Keywords: migrants immigrants Horacio Jose Garcia deporation criminals
- Location: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
- City: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
- Country: Argentina
- Topics: Asylum/Immigration/Refugees,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001619XC1V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Argentina changed its immigration law to make it easier to deport foreigners who commit crimes and to prohibit individuals with criminal records from entering the country, according to a post in the government's official bulletin on Monday (January 30).
The measure cited "recent acts of organized crime" and noted that the percentage of foreigners in the country's corrections system had grown in recent years, reaching 21.35 percent of the prison population in 2016.
"We have the law and this decree that President Macri signed for criminals, so that those who commit crimes in Argentina return to their countries and we don't have criminals from the entire world entering Argentina," said Argentina National Migration Director Horacio Jose Garcia.
Under the revamped law, foreigners who commit a "malicious" crime will be expelled from the country and prohibited from returning for at least eight years.
The law, implemented by decree and not requiring congressional approval, also restricts those who are serving sentences or have criminal records in other countries from entering Argentina.
More than three-quarters of migrants who arrived in Argentina between 2011 and 2015 came from Paraguay, Bolivia and Peru, according to Argentina's Interior Ministry.
In comments on a local radio station, Argentine Vice President Gabriela Michetti said the measure did not change Argentina's pro-immigration outlook, and sought to avoid any association with recent measures implemented by U.S. President Donald Trump to restrict immigration.
Last week, Trump signed an executive order curtailing travel by citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries. He has also proposed building a wall along the U.S. southern border with Mexico, in part to restrict illegal crossings.
Such criticism of immigrants has rarely featured prominently in Latin American politics. But in neighbouring Chile, a wave of recent arrivals from Haiti and Venezuela has turned immigration into a key issue in presidential elections later this year.
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