DUE to rigorous efforts to thwart the entry of undesirable aliens into the country, a total of 1,500 foreigners were denied entry by Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) and other ports of entry during the first four months of the year.
It was learned from Marc Red Marinas, acting BI port operations division chief, that those who were turned back also included aliens who are in the bureau’s blacklist of undesirable aliens such as fugitives, suspected terrorists, and convicted sex offenders.
According to BI records, the number of aliens barred from from January to April totaled 1,521, which is slightly lower than the 1,700 who were turned away in the same period last year.
Statistics show that 583 Chinese nationals topped the list of the excluded aliens, followed by 123 Indians, 103 Koreans, 72 Americans, and 36 Nigerians.
While the bulk of the aliens were intercepted at the NAIA, there were also others who were turned away in the airports of Mactan, Clark, Kalibo, Iloilo, and Davao.
Most of the excluded aliens were denied entry after they were identified as likely to become public charges which, in immigration parlance, refers to aliens who are likely to become dependent on government for subsistence due to lack of capacity to support their stay in the country, thus making them an added burden to society.
Marinas said a foreigner may also be denied entry if based on the immigration officer’s assessment, his presence here is inimical to the national interest or a threat to public health and safety.
He also attributed the slight drop in number of excluded aliens to the employment by the BI of Chinese-speaking interpreters which helped remove the language barrier that in the past posed a problem to BI personnel when interviewing passengers.