The Colombian government will try to implement migration controls on the trails of the border area of the department of Norte de Santander with Venezuela, where thousands of people pass daily after the closure of the bridges by Nicolás Maduro last February.
"We seek to generate mobile migratory posts (…) that we can move from one point to another to control the population that is entering through unauthorized sites," said the director of Migration Colombia, Christian Krüger, at a press conference in Cúcuta, capital of Norte de Santander.
On February 23 Maduro broke relations with Colombia and closed the three border crossings with Cúcuta after the frustrated attempt of the head of the Parliament, Juan Guaidó, recognized as interim president by some 50 countries, to enter from that city a caravan with humanitarian aid to Venezuela donated by the United States, Chile and other countries.
However, last Tuesday hundreds of people broke for a few hours the blockade of Simón Bolívar Bridge, the main border crossing between both countries and connecting Cúcuta with San Antonio del Táchira.
These people were held at the border of their country because they could not pass through the trails, which were flooded by the flooding of the Táchira River, so they threw themselves on the containers that Maduro had put in to block the bridge.
On the other hand, the Colombian Vice President, Marta Lucía Ramírez, who visited Cúcuta to see the situation first-hand, pointed out that the authorities need to know who are the people who are entering the country.
"We can not expose the security of our population to the risk by wanting to support the population of Venezuela," said Ramírez.
He also stressed the importance of providing special treatment to the border area so that the population can "assimilate without further trauma this arrival of migrants."
There are some 60 trails located along the border in Norte de Santander, through which thousands of Venezuelans who seek work and study daily, as well as stock up on food, medicines and hygiene items or access public services with the that do not count in your country.