«I smell immigration control more than drug control.» With that phrase, this past Monday, the executive vice president of America Solidaria, Benito Baranda, criticized the new powers that he granted the Executive to the Armed Forces (FF.AA.) at the border to control drug trafficking.
On Tuesday last week, President Sebastián Piñera signed a decree to facilitate the collaboration of the Armed Forces with police in border areas to increase efficiency in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime. «They are enemies that must be fought relentlessly,» said the Ministry accompanied by the Minister of Defense, Alberto Espina. Following the decree, Baranda also questioned the «unprosity role» of the undersecretary of the Interior, Rodrigo Ubilla. «This has been handled by an adviser, who is a foreigner (Mikhail Bonito). There’s no problem with him being a foreigner (…) but the undersecretary of the Interior, or the minister, has to face. We are ad-carried with a crisis that they themselves have announced,» Baranda said at the time.
The sayings of Baranda found an answer in one of the above-treatments, Undersecretary Ubilla, who described as «serious» the sayings of the leader of Solidarity America. «He says that Chile and the government of President Piñera have not had a solidarity attitude towards the Venezuelan people. Four hundred thousand Venezuelans in Chile is not an attitude, it is a reality of solidarity (…) is to respond with concrete facts to that solidarity,» the authority said.
With regard to criticism slains against the immigration policy adviser, Mikhail Bonito, Ubilla argued that with these he «disqualified an official of the Ministry of the Interior, because he was born in a country other than Chile».
«Those of us who stand up for people’s rights, we must be very careful, very careful, not to be disqualifying from particular realities. There is no superior condition, not, of a person born in Chile, to one who was born outside our country,» he added.
Bonito himself also defended himself against Baranda’s sayings, but through his Twitter account: «I am always open to criticism, but in recent days the criticism sit-ups have been because of my status as a nationalized alien and not for my work. First time I have discriminated against Chile and it comes from alleged advocates of migrants and humanitarian causes. Paradomide.»