Saturday, June 10, 2006

17 thousand foreigners rejected thru May

A Costa Rican  border police officer finds two Nicaraguans trying to illegally cross into Costa rica. File Photo - Julio Lainez/The Tico TimesDuring the first five months this year, Costa Rican law enforcement agencies prevented 17,071 aliens from illegally entering the country.

The regulation applied in these cases is called "immigration rejection", and is applied at the borders or within a few meters from them.

According to the Immigration service, most of the rejections (12,779) took place at the PeƱas Blancas crossing to Nicaragua, followed by the Immigration post at Los Chiles, also close to the Nicaraguan border (3,821).

According to Immigration boss Mario Zamora, another 261 aliens were deported during this period.

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