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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Lawmakers approved late on Thursday, December 3rd, a bill that overhauls Chile’s immigration rules and the service that oversees them, ahead of an anticipated surge in arrivals from abroad as the coronavirus pandemic subsides.

The center-right government of president Sebastian Pinera, a proponent of the measure, had urged lawmakers to fast-track the legislation, which creates a new, beefed up Immigration Service, establishes new qualifications for entry and ratchets up sanctions against illegal immigrants.

The bill was approved by 38-2 in Chile’s Senate and now awaits Pinera’s signature. It offers special . . .

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