Governors’ offices will receive requests by foreigners who accept Normalization Plan
SANTO DOMINGO. The 32 governors’ offices of the country will function as reception centers for requests for the illegal foreigners that accept the National Normalization Plan, which the government will implement in compliance of Law 151 on Immigration, the sentence 168-13 by the Constitutional Tribunal and decree 327 from the Executive Branch.
For this, the Central Electoral Board will install civil registration stations and cédula stations in the governors’ offices (which represent the administration in the provinces) and will provide trained personnel, in order that the job of data collection is more effective.
This cooperation will bring to a close the Plan, according to the contents of an agreement for collaboration that was signed yesterday by the Minister of the Interior and Police, Jose Ramon Fadul, and the president of the Central Electoral Board, Roberto Rosario, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Interior and Police (MIP). Through the consulting stations-which according to Rosario, will begin to be installed this month-they will carry out searches and comparisons of biometric data of photographs and fingerprints of the persons requesting legalization.
According to what he said, the role of the Board will be to gather the information and pass it on to the MIP and it will only be entered definitively into the Civil Registry when the status of the foreigners that accept the Plan is determined.
Decree 327 establishes that the foreigner should show roots in the country, such as, for example, have children born here, having studied here, know how to speak and write in Spanish, reside in a fixed domicile, live with a Dominican, have no criminal background, and demonstrate ties such as work or socio-economic condition.
According to Rosario, there are nearly a million persons in an “irregular” status living in the country, in the majority Haitians, or descendants of them.
What has never been done
After recognizing that the country has a problem with illegal immigration and that for nearly a century the authorities “have overlooked things”, the Minister of the Interior said that now “we will do what has never been done” because the state and the administration have taken on the responsibility of transparently dealing with the immigration situation.
“We are going to create the conditions for the control of the frontier, in order to provide the opportunity of each one of the persons that wish to opt for one of the conditions established by our law (on immigration), and within the framework of our sovereignty, that is not questionable nor will we permit it to be questioned,” he stressed.
Fadul made it clear that the administration has not undertaken this plan due to “international pressure, or because they are talking about the issue in international agencies.”
A national objective
The minister said he felt that Dominican society should take on the Normalization Plan as a “national objective” and in this sense, he argued for the integration of churches, clubs, neighborhood organizations, and the unions, so that the process has legitimacy and so that the immigrant will not be afraid to register “believing that it can be a mechanism for us to detect him and being about his repatriation.”
“It has been up to President Danilo Medina to take on this great challenge, and he has accepted it (….) but also we want that we as a society take it on, this should become a national objective,” stressed Fadul.
The President says he is consulting on Naturalization Law
President Danilo Medina reported yesterday that he is in consultations regarding the legislative proposal for the Naturalization Law which he promised to send to the National Congress in order to resolve the problem of those born in the country to parents who are (were) illegal foreign immigrants.
“We have a sentence which obliges us, so we are going to find the best way possible for us to get out of this situation. We are consulting people that have knowledge of this, but in the coming days we will have some proposal for the law,” the President said.
In the meantime, Monsignor Agripino Nuñez Collado said that he felt that they should give time to the Executive Branch to work out the legislative proposal because since his announcement he has talked of an 18 month time frame. “They are working, nobody has thrown in the towel, we are going to wait for the proposal of the law that the President said he would sent to the Congress,” he argued.
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