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Dominican Government Sends Troops to Haitian Border

LADB Article ID: 80536
Category/Department: Dominican Republic
Date: 2018-03-01
By: Crosby Girón

The Dominican Republic’s defense ministry, the Ministerio de Defensa, sent 641 soldiers to secure the Haitian border on Jan. 23 with the aim of preventing “undocumented aliens,” specifically undocumented Haitian immigrants, from entering the country. Defense Minister Rubén Darío Paulino Sem told the local press that the Army had sent 291 soldiers to Dajabón; 150 to Elías Piña; 100 to Jimaní, and another 100 to Pedernales. According to Paulino Sem, the strategy has worked, because the number of Haitians who’ve been repatriated as they tried to cross the border has tripled. He added that the Dominican immigration authorities have deported more than 5,000 undocumented immigrants in various provinces “following the necessary proceedings.”The deployment of troops and the statements made by Paulino Sem followed a plea to politicians by Sigfrido Pared Pérez, director of the country’s investigation agency, the Departamento Nacional de Investigación (DNI), to prioritize security at the border with Haiti as a key step towards improving national security.

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