Improved border system to be unveiled today

Security officials will be unveiling what they describe as a modern information system to speed up the exit and entrance of persons at the border with Nicaragua.

The event will be this morning at the Peñas Blancas offices of the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería. No further information was given on the system, but that particular border crossing handles a flood of individuals.

The security ministry said that more than 118,000 Nicaraguans left the country to spend holidays in their home country. The bulk came back over the weekend or will come back in the early days of this week. Immigration and the Fuerza Pública have beefed up their presence at that border crossing to help control security.

Typically individuals who are illegal in Costa Rica try to reenter the country in an informal manner. They will have it tougher this year. Due to the border conflict with Nicaragua at the Isla Calero many border areas that had minimal police presence in past years are now teeming with officers.

In addition, security officials said they were using planes and boats with additional emphasis on the northern Caribbean where illegal immigrants usually just walk across the border unhindered.

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