Police, immigration agents sweep section of Avenida 7

Immigration agents detain one woman for a time during the afternoon police action. Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública photo

Heavily armed police and immigration officials descended on a section of San José known as Tierra Dominicana Thursday afternoon.

Despite the name, those detained for being in the country illegally were Nicaraguans and Colombians.

This is the section on Avenida 7 between calles 6 and 7. Some police officers wore battle gear and carried long rifles.

The Policía de Migración said its agents checked on the status of 53 foreigners and found that 17 Colombians enjoyed refugee status and 20 were already residents.

Two Colombian men and two Nicaraguan men were detained for being illegal. Eight more persons were given appointments to justify their status with immigration officials.

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