Peru Declares State Of Emergency Along Border With Chile

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Peru has declared a state of emergency along its border with Chile and is deploying 700 soldiers and police to stem the tide of illegal migrants entering the country.  Interior Minister Vicente Romero said, “We are not going to allow any illegal entry, or attacks on the police.”  Peru has also summoned the Chilean Ambassador over what Peru claims is a lack of support from Chile’s government. Chile responded by expressing “discomfort” at the criticism. Meanwhile, hundreds of people are congregating at the border, many are Venezuelans who say they are simply trying to return home. About 1.5 million Venezuelans live in Peru, many who have been living there on temporary residence permits since 2017. Peru has recently tightened its immigration policies and has threatened to expel anyone without proper paperwork.