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Tuesday, March 26 2019 @ 06:07 PM UTC

Director of Immigrations Now Can Not Issue Visas Due To Scandal

Immigration IssuesThe Security Council is the entity that will grant visas to citizens from restricted countries such as China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Cuba, India and some African nations, after an analysis conducted by President Ricardo Martinelli, security agencies and the Minister of Public Security," said yesterday Jose Raul Mulino. He added that the National Immigration Service will no longer be able to grant visas to citizens from these countries. "This decision was communicated to the Director of Immigration in Panama yesterday, and all the consulates worldwide. No consul can issue visas of this kind," he added.

Decree: Mulino added that today the President of the Republic would sign an executive order regulating this decision, with the aim of making it clear to the community that this decision has been made on instructions from the President in order to bring transparency and clarity until the implementation of the process of electronic visas is completed. This move comes after the corruption scandal generated over the alleged payment of bribes to officials of the National Immigration Service to grant visas to citizens of Chinese origin. (Mi Diario)

Editor's Comment: OK, so now we have a Director of Immigration that we don't trust to issue visas because she got caught selling visas (but we're not firing her), a Minister of Tourism who can't travel to the United States because embassy officials suspect he has links to drug traffickers so they yanked his visa (but we're not firing him), a Director of the National Police who participating in the kidnapping of US Citizens with allegations of war crimes (but we're not firing him). Anyone noticing a pattern here?

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