Argentina’s Federal Appeals Court has upheld the constitutionality of measures in the country’s Immigration Law which permit the State to the cancel residency permits and deport foreigners found guilty of crimes punishable with prison time.
The Court ruled on an appeal lodged by the defence team of a man found guilty of aggravated contraband of drugs for commercial purposes.
The defence had requested that article 64 of the Law be declared unconstitutional. However, Judges Mariano Borinsky, Juan Carlos Gemignani and Gustavo Hornos voted unanimously in opposition.
In doing so, the court upheld provisions in the Law which allow Argentina to deport foreigners who have spent at least half of their sentences behind bars and have no pending charges against them.
A foreign national found guilty of a crime in Argentina and deported cannot return to the country for at least five years, according to the Law.