Over the past few weeks Dominican authorities have cracked down on illegally documented Haitians reportedly in order to contain the spread of cholera from across the border. But that could change amid criticism between Washington and Santo Domingo:
Justice minister Radhamés Jiménez affirmed Friday that Washington doesn’t have the moral quality to request respect of the undocumented Haitians in the country.Recently one Haitian deportee died after he became seriously ill in a Haitian jail.
Jimenez, who made the statement one day after U.S. ambassador Raul Yzaguirre asked the Dominican Government to respect the rights of those immigrants, said the United States also mistreats immigrants, including Haitians.
The treatment of Haitian migrants in the neighboring Dominican Republic has been a campaign issue for the two candidates vying for Haiti’s presidency. Former first lady Mirlande Manigat pledged that if she became president she would increase dialogue with the Dominican government on the subject of Haitian immigration.
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