Argentina's Senate votes to crack down on foreign criminals
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Argentina's Senate votes to crack down on foreign criminals

Argentina’s Senate has passed a bill to expel foreigners caught breaking the law.

Senators approved the legislation 39-24 on Wednesday.

The bill backed, by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, is expected to be passed by the lower house as well and turned into law. Kirchner has said there is a growing number of foreigners entering Argentina to commit crimes.

Under the bill, foreigners caught breaking the law can be immediately expelled from Argentina and banned from returning for at least five years. Foreign-born people with legal residence can ask to remain in Argentina to serve out their sentence for the crime.

Argentines are growing increasingly worried about rising crime in their country.

Rights groups say foreigners represent a fraction of law breakers and the proposed law could lead to unfair treatment.

Associated Press