Chilean Congress approves a new extension to the state of emergency | News


The Chilean Congress approved this Wednesday and as of April 1, a new extension for 15 days of the State of Emergency Constitutional Exception (EECE) that has been in force in the northern macrozone of the country since last February 15, due to the migration crisis and existing security.


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These are the provinces of Arica and Parinacota (Arica and Parinacota Region), Tamarugal (Tarapacá) and El Loa (Antofagasta), which with 128 votes in favor, four against and five abstentions had received the favor of the Chamber of Deputies and Deputies; Prior to its approval in the Senate, it did so with 41 votes in favor, only one against and another abstention.

The new extension request responds to the prevailing uncertainty and insecurity in that region, derived “from the worrying increase in clandestine income through the border areas of the northern zone, which can be used by transnational organized crime dedicated to drug trafficking, drug smuggling, merchandise and migrant smuggling.

Therefore, this measure will allow the implementation of control strategies between the Armed Forces and the Order and Security Forces, with the aim of strengthening the deployment on the border and prioritized points; In addition, to increase the means of surveillance, and the possibility of detecting crimes in the area.

At the same time, the executive is working on a plan which contemplates “measures aimed at the management of safe, orderly and regular migration that protects the security, dignity and human rights of all the people who inhabit the country, considering, particularly, the needs of the host communities”, as expressed in a governing document.

In this regard, the Undersecretary of the Interior, Manuel Monsalve, remarked that next week he will travel to the macrozone to agree with the communities on the actions to be followed, while also communicating this will be the last extension requested.

In this regard, he explained that the plan provides for a development program for the area, with the activation of investment initiatives; and recovery of public spaces, currently lost due to migration.

In addition to modifying decree 265, which establishes the possibility of collaboration of the Armed Forces in border control and the fight against organized crime.

According to estimates, Chile currently has 1.4 million migrants, which constitutes more than 7 percent of its population. Many of these people have entered the South American nation in conditions of irregularity and through the border crossings of the altiplano in the north of Chile, bordering Bolivia.

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