Chile enacts controversial immigration law that seeks to facilitate deportations

According to the Department of Foreigners and Migration, there are 1.4 million migrants in Chile, equivalent to more than 7% of the population. Venezuelans are the most numerous, followed by Peruvians, Haitians, and Colombians.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Under the slogan of "putting the house in order", the Chilean government enacted this Sunday the new Migration Law that took 8 years to be approved and that has received a barrage of criticism from the opposition and pro-migrant organizations, for imposing greater border "rigidity" and speeding up deportations.

"The objective is to put order in our house through an orderly, safe, and regular policy that allows legal immigration and combats illegal immigration," said the president, conservative Sebastián Piñera.

The new law, introduced in 2013 in Parliament by the current president during his . . .

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