September 22, 2014
Berni: 'I did not make any xenophobic remark'
Following the controversy sparked by his remarks calling for action on “foreign criminals”, Security Secretary Sergio Berni rejected that his comments were xenophobic and called for a “serious debate” on foreign national criminality rates.
“I did not make any xenophobic remark,” the official said in an interview with a local radio station, “I was talking about criminals who come (to the country) to commit crimes.”
Berni prompted controversy yesterday by urging lawmakers to “give the courts all the necessary tools to stop foreign criminals that come to the country so that they are expelled from Argentina,” following the arrest of 60 foreign nationals over the long weekend.
He ratified his claims about reoffending foreign criminals “being back to the streets” regularly and called for a “serious discussion to solve this problem and to give Judiciary a tool.”
“I urge lawmakers to give the courts all (necessary) tools to expell foreigners when they commit crimes in the country so they can never return,” he reiterated.
“The problem is not that they enter (the country) but that they commit crimes and circumvent Argentine law,” Berni added and said foreign criminals should have “24-hour trials and leave the country.”