The Interior Minister, Eduardo “Wado” de Pedro, harshly criticized Clarion and considered that the newspaper “crossed a boundary” because, according to the official said in a statement from the Ministry, he equated “the prevention and control work carried out by Migrations with the actions of the task forces of the last civic-military dictatorship.”
“It seems a lot to me and more to me, that I had the misfortune to know what it is for a task force to knock on the door of your house, “he said of Pedro, and concluded by saying that” what Clarín published yesterday is a scoundrel that has nothing to do or even with the common sense of the people. “
Despite this criticism, the official did not deny any of the data that the journalist Ricardo Roa revealed in a column published in Clarion. In his note, Roa said that the officials of the Directorate of Immigration “they fall into the houses of those who have just returned from abroad and without explanations they ask them to show the documents to verify if they comply with the quarantine. “
“One piece of information is that some of the houses where the bells have been rung belong to journalists. Another is that they appear in cars and with highly visible immigration vests, just like police looking for criminals in a raid. So that it is noticed and noticed a lot. It has the same smell of escrache that the government’s campaign against Argentines leaving the country. When it is not known to solve, it is persecuted and it is squeezed “, wrote.
The note, in turn, compares this situation with another that occurred during the last military dictatorship. “It is not the same nor does it mean the same. But the problem is that it has certain kinship or commonalities with a little known story within that terrible and well-known story that was repression during the dictatorship. The story is that intelligence agents posed as immigration personnel and fell into the homes of alleged political militants. With the argument that they were finding out if foreigners lived there, they took an X-ray of the things that were in the place so that their bosses could decide if they would send a gang to blow up the house, “wrote Roa.
After the publication of the column in ClarionSeveral media reported on the situation and even experts in constitutional law criticized it.
The constitutionalists explained that the current regulations only enable the control of foreigners by Migrations, but in no aspect is it enabled for its agents to visit the homes of Argentine citizens, without a court order.
“The Home visits are part of a repressive policy, which is not related to the prevention of coronavirus infections, “said the constitutionalist Daniel Sabsay to Clarion.
The constitutionalist Felix Lonigro He pointed out to this newspaper that “there is an escape from competition”, since the Migration Directorate would have to “aim to control the entry, stay and exit of foreigners, not Argentines. But if they want to do the control, to request documentation they should have a court order. Migrations cannot ask for documentation by itself, unless it has a security force by its side. And it cannot make complaints either, since Migrations does not have that power either, because it does not have active legitimacy. “