On Tuesday, February 7th, Bolivia’s National Commission met with Argentine Security Minister Patricia Bullrich to discuss the immigration policy being implemented by President Mauricio Macri.
According to Argentine government data, 71% of the Bolivians living in Argentina do not have legal documents. Thus, representatives of both nations have agreed to form a “technical commission” to address the community’s immigration status.
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“We have agreed to create a technical commission in which we will deal with these issues in depth,” commented the president of the Argentine Senate, Jose Gonzales.
“In the case of Argentina, what we noticed is that violations of practically the entire penal code would be considered sufficient cause for deportation, so we are meeting to change policy in order to prevent that a Bolivian can be expelled from Argentine territory for any reason,” he said.
Gonzales also explained that the meeting highlighted two important issues: the stigmatization of the Bolivian community that resides and carries out different commercial activities in Argentina, and policies that discourage deportation of Bolivians who have only committed minor offences in the past.
Likewise, the legislator indicated that both Bolivian Minister Carlos Romero and Patricia Bullrich will meet with a technical commission to resolve the conflict generated by Argentine migration policies in 15 days.
“This mission of this technical panel will be to advance with respect to these migratory issues, we come to Argentina with the objective of defending the rights of our fellow countrymen who work all day long for this country, and we succeeded,” Gonzales said.
Rural Development Minister Cesar Cocarico said that the Bolivian community “was afraid that the decree would be used as an argument to justify that, in any situation, Bolivians could be deported from the Argentine territory,” adding, “I see that this situation has to be denounced, and that has to be explained to our community.”
Source: El Deber