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Enhancing security on the border with Haiti

The Army says it has arrested 13,300 illegal migrants attempting to cross the border without correct documentation over the past week.

The authorities also seized 60 motorcycles that in most cases were being used to transport undocumented migrants. Major General Jose Eugenio Matos de la Cruz said the arrests were made as part of Operation Shield, which is aimed at reducing people, drug and goods trafficking across the border with Haiti.

Diario Libre reports that the Foreign Minister Andres Navarro was in Jimani on the border with Haiti on Saturday, 10 January 2015 for a meeting with the Dominican ambassador in Haiti Ruben Silie and the five Dominican consuls based in Haitian cities, commanders of the Army, the Navy and the border security corps (Cesfront) to coordinate national security matters. Defense Minister Major General William Munoz Delgado said that Operation Shield ordered by President Medina on the border is going well, with land, sea and air measures implemented by the Army, Armada (Navy) and the Air Force. He said the military forces and the Foreign Ministry have a contingency plan to ensure the safety of the Dominican diplomatic staff and Dominicans who live in Haiti in case of any escalation of high-risk situations. He also informed that 600 new soldiers have been assigned to Cesfront and Army brigades on the border, in addition to enhanced intelligence operations.

News reports point to an increase in immigration by undocumented Haitians as the date approaches for the end to the process of the Naturalization Law 169-14 and the National Foreigner Legalization Plan this year.

Source: DR1, DiarioLibre

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