Peru deports 50 Venezuelans and tightens entry requirements

June 6, 2019
In this photo provided by Peru's presidential press office, a Venezuelan immigrant enters an airplane to be deported home, along with other Venezuelans, at a military base in Callao, Peru, Thursday, June 6, 2019. Peruvian authorities say they deported nearly 50 Venezuelan citizens who had falsified their immigration information. Meanwhile, the nation is only allowing Venezuelans to enter with a humanitarian visa issued from the Caracas based consulate. (Juan Pablo Azabache/Peru's presidential press office via AP)

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra is sending a tough message to Venezuelan migrants: Abide by the rules or pay the consequences.

The leader of the South American nation announced stricter measures Thursday for Venezuelans fleeing their country’s economic crisis.

Starting on June 15th, Venezuelans will be required to enter Peru with a passport and visa issued at the country’s consulate in Caracas.

Getting a passport is an expensive and lengthy ordeal for many Venezuelans, compelling large numbers to leave without one.

Vizcarra made the announcement as he oversaw the deportation of 50 Venezuelans accused of falsifying information to enter the country.

The president said while Peru has opened its arms “now we are going to be more rigorous.”

Peruvian migration officials say more than 700,000 Venezuelans have arrived in recent years.

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