Immigration: The normalization process will not affect construction
SD. The director general of Immigration, Ricardo Taveras, yesterday dismissed the possibility that the Dominican economy would suffer damage as a consequence of compliance with the General Law of Immigration and other such laws that protect the local labor force.
His statements are in answer to the president of the Association of Builders and Promoters of Housing (Acoprovi), Fermin Acosta, who, during his participation in the Dialogo Libre, sponsored by the Diario Libre, warned that this sector would collapse if the authorities repatriate all the illegal Haitians that are working in construction. Acosta sees the application of the 80 – 20 statute regarding local and foreign labor, as established by the Labor Code as unfeasible, and something that could cause the collapse of the economy, according to what he said.
In this sense, the director of Immigration said: “What we cannot do this to continue playing the game with those economic sectors that resist the formalization of their labor force, in violation, not only of the Immigration Law, but also the Social Security Law and the Labor Code.”
He added that they cannot continue with contracting undocumented workers, with the Social Security quotations, as well as all the costs tied to the formalization of work in order to “in the end not pay them, seeking the cover of a rule that permits them to oppose as an expenditure, for tax purposes, payrolls composed of irregular migrant workers, among other advantages.”
March 17, 2015
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