Hopeless Haitians now cross border to become Dominican
Dajabón, Dominican Republic.- Undocumented Haitians arrested recently by Dominican agents while trying to cross the border on Wednesday warned of a potentially massive inflow of aliens, as confusion reigns in Port-au-Prince, and sparked by Dominican Republic’s plan to regularize foreigners, EFE reports.
Dominican border guards and Immigration inspectors detained at least 200 undocumented Haitians trying to sneak across the border just in the last 48 hours.
The CESFRONT said the Haitians have been arrested in Clavellina, Manzanillo, Copey Cañongo, Don Miguel and other border points in Montecristi and Dajabon provinces, where it confiscated seven motorcycles loaded with up to six undocumented people, but the drivers fled to the hills.
Many of the immigrants said lack of jobs, hunger and news that all Haitians can apply for residency in the Dominican Republic have prompted many to trekk across the border.
“I wanted to travel to this country with my wife and four children with the intention of getting my documents and then get Dominican citizenship for my children,” said Pensito Paul Oguí, one of those arrested and repatriated.
He told the officials that many people are leaving their homes to travel to Dominican Republic to try to qualify for the regularization. “I have three children, 6, 8 and 10 and have never gone to school because access to education is very limited in my country.”
Many of the Haitians detained complain that there’s no future for themselves or their children back home.
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