More than 100,000 Venezuelans, some of whom drove through the night in caravans, crossed into Colombia over the weekend to hunt for food and medicine that are in short supply at home.
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – Colombia said Monday that it deported 33 Venezuelans in the country illegally amid warnings that the recent reopening of the two nations' border could be fueling a wave of illegal immigration.
Migration officials said the 33 women were detained in the northern city of Barrancabermeja and were taken to the Cucuta border crossing and turned over to Venezuelan officials.
Venezuelans desperate to buy food and medicine hard to find at home have been flooding across the border since Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro this month reopened crossings that he closed a year earlier as part of a crackdown on smuggling.
Over the weekend, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos welcomed the reopening but warned that some Colombian cities have been experiencing "invasions" by Venezuelans who have refused to return home amid Venezuela's worsening economic crisis.