A commission goes to Montellano to investigate projects for illegals
SANTO DOMINGO. It will be today when the commission appointed to investigate the settlement of illegal Haitians in Montellano will begin its work, according to the Minister of Interior and Police, José Ramon Fadul, who said yesterday that visits will extend to other localities in the province of Puerto Plata.
The official explained that they have information that in other parts (of the province), they are building infrastructures for illegals and he pointed out that no entity has the authority to do this.
Fadul said that the commission of four persons will survey the situation today, Thursday, and tomorrow Friday in order to present a report. But, he added, that once the deadline for the Plan of Normalization of Foreigners is up, the foreigners that do not have legal status, will be removed from the country and because of this they have reinforced the frontier.
“Now, if they (an allusion to the Samaritan Foundation) want to help the illegals, they should help them get their documents, they are at the good time; they are at the right moment. We are carrying out the Plan of Normalization which is obligatory, so that they should help them find their documentation, take them to the places where they can normalize their immigration situation in the country,” he said.
He also said that with illegal settlements such as the one in Montellano they are creating a problem for the country which injures the national sovereignty, and he indicated that in this case they will push them (the illegals) to normalize their situation.
Regarding this instance, lawyer Juarez Castillo said that the Samaritan Foundation, the entity which constructed the barrio of 250 houses in Montellano, violated the Constitution and articles 9 and 10, as well as article 128, paragraph A, of the Immigration Law which establishes penalties of up to 2 years of prison for the illegals and for the directors of entities which provide shelter for them in the Dominican Republic.
“When they are entities, which is to say companies or foundations that do this (build housing), the criminal responsibilities fall on the President and directors of these institutions,” said Castillo in reference to article 128 of the Immigration Law.
He called what has been done in Montellano an outrage and he feels that it is necessary to take penal action regarding this, because this is also a violation of national sovereignty.
For his part, the president of the Dominican Revolutionary Party (PRD), Miguel Vargas Maldonado, warned that the settlement of Haitian illegals in Montellano, in Puerto Plata, is a provocation. He said that this type of incident affects the country’s sovereignty.
The Reformist Councilman and President of the Samaritan Foundation, Arismendi Medina, is the person responsible for the construction of the 250 houses for illegals in Montellano.
Diario Libre had reported in its coverage that of 12 projects that have been raised by the foundation in Puerto Plata and Sosua, two were for Haitian nationals, Villa Ascencion and Villa Esperanza.
Immigration will wait for report
The Directorate General of Immigration issued a statement saying that in the case of the illegal Haitians settled in Montellano, Puerto Plata, they will wait for the results of the investigation that will be carried out by the commission created by the Ministry of Interior and Police, before acting.
The director of Immigration, José Ricardo Taveras, specified that when a survey is taken of the information available, he will act according to what is established by the Immigration Law.
“I waiting for the results of the investigation in order to determine, with regard to the Law, what should be done,” stressed Taveras to Diario Libre.
Update: January 9, 2015:
Only two of the residents in the barrio built by a charitable organization in Puerto Plata province are Dominican
Only two of the residents in the barrio built by a charitable organization in Puerto Plata province are Dominican, according to a follow-up report in Diario Libre. Provincial governor Ivan Rivera said the investigative commission sent by the government was able to confirm this after speaking to residents of the Los Algodones community. The neighborhood is known as Villa Esperanza. As reported in El Caribe, several of the residents have been living in Los Algodones since 2008.
The governor says that the claim made in Diario Libre that the organization was settling undocumented Haitians is very much what they saw. He said they would file a report to the Ministry of Interior and Police.
The commission also visited the communities of Villa Paraiso I and II, Maranata, Villa Manuel, Villa Betances and Nazaret, where housing has also been built with donations from the Samaritan Foundation. Most of the beneficiaries in these neighborhoods are Dominican, as reported in City Santiago website (El Caribe group).
Diario Libre had pointed out the contradiction in the neighborhood being built with Canadian donations for undocumented Haitians at a time when the Dominican Republic government is offering free legalization facilities for undocumented migrants to regularize their status. The commission also included officials from the Immigration, Naturalization Department of the Ministry of Interior and Police, and the mayors of Montellano, Sosua and Puerto Plata as well as the Police general for the northern region, General Rommel Lopez.
Source: DR1, DiarioLibre
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