By Jun Ramirez
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has barred the entry of 2,300 foreign nationals for the first half of 2019 as it intensified its campaign against the visit of undesirable aliens.
In a report to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, BI port operations division (POD) chief Grifton Medina said a total of 2,351 aliens of various nationalities were denied entry in the different ports
He said 1,920 of the aliens were turned away at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport while the rest were stopped at the airports in Mactan, Clark, Kalibo, Aklan, and Davao.
“They were turned back after undergoing inspection and booked on the first available flight to their ports of origin,” Medina said.
Morente commended BI port personnel for their accomplishments even as he stressed the sovereign right of every country like the Philippines to deny entry to aliens deemed as undesirable.
Statistics from the BI-POD’s travel control and enforcement (TCEU) show that 1,129 Chinese nationals topped the list of excluded aliens, followed by 106 Indians, 87 Americans, 52 Taiwanese, and 67 Koreans.
The list included registered sex offenders, wanted fugitives, suspected international terrorists and previously deported aliens.
It was learned that most of aliens were excluded for being public charges or persons without visible means to support themselves.
Medina said some were rude and disrespectful towards immigration officers, and for having incomplete travel documents.
Morente said they are serious in the drive against illegal aliens, and doing their best to stop their entry.