Santo Domingo.- “The Dominican Republic can’t take it anymore” in the face of the enormous presence of Haitian nationals in its territory, according to the Dominican Foreign Ministry.
Just as all countries are sovereign to repatriate the foreign population in an irregular immigration situation, including the United States, “since the same Biden administration has deported to Haiti, between February 2021 and February 2022, more than 20,000 Haitian migrants,” says a statement from the Dominican authorities.
The Dominican Republic has also been forced to deport a large number of Haitian migrants who no longer tolerate the situation in that country and who overwhelm Dominican possibilities.
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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded in this way, expressing its strongest rejection of the statement “Alert: Strengthening of migration in the Dominican Republic” issued by the Embassy of the United States of America denouncing a systematic pattern of violations of the rights of migrants.
The Dominican authorities continue to say that the United States Government has not provided any evidence, beyond anecdotal cases without independent verification, that it exists.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to say that for several decades, the bulk of the burden has fallen, particularly in terms of migration, on the country.
For this reason, an important part of the current Dominican health budget is dedicated, free of charge, to the foreign population, primarily Haitian: 32.4% of the maternity beds in public hospitals; 10.3% of emergencies; 14.9% of hospitalizations; 9.8% of surgeries; 8.3% of the queries.
Without the support of the international community, we have made an extraordinary effort to keep the border open to allow the Haitian population access to vital food, medicine, fuel, water.
Regarding commercial activity, he maintained that the country has maintained trade, despite the number of kidnappings of Dominicans, including a diplomat from the embassy in Haiti.
In this sense, he said that the Armed Forces unilaterally bear the high cost of providing security to the entire border between the two countries, maintaining some 9,000 troops in that place.