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“We will not tolerate foreigners who commit crimes in the country”, says the Ministro de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública, Mario Zamora.
According to the minister, the recent implementation by the immigration service of an electronic system will control and monitor foreigners who are in prisons in Costa Rica.
The minister explained that with the new system it will send alerts, so that once the person has served his or her sentence in Costa Rica, they will be deported.
Zamora stressed that in the months before the person’s sentence is up the immigration service will proceed with the cancellation of their immigration status.
Of the 2.295 foreigner prisoners, 65% come from Nicaragua, 12% from Colombia, 4% from Panama and 4% from the United States, the rest from a variety of other countries.
A report last week found that 16% of Costa Rica’s prison population is of foreign nationals.
Last year, Costa Rican authorities made 456 deportations and rejected some 8.000 from entering the country.by