More raids on illegal migrants near the border
At least six people were injured by shotgun pellets yesterday, Tuesday 27 January 2015, when members of the Specialized Corps of Border Security (Cesfront) were pelted with stones by alleged people traffickers near the border with Haiti. Cesfront, together with the Army, Immigration officers and a Public Prosecutor had gone to check several homes in the El Asilo sector of Dajabon, where the occupants were suspected of hiding undocumented immigrants.
Dozens of illegal immigrants were found hiding in the homes and were arrested by the authorities. It is not known if those responsible for hiding the Haitians in their homes were also arrested.
Several motorcycle taxi drivers who make a living transporting illegal migrants fled the area when seeing the raids taking place, while others were arrested and their motorbikes confiscated.
The authorities said that even though the soldiers were pelted with stones, they only used rubber bullets to persuade those hiding the Haitians to hand them over.
According to local sources, the large numbers of Haitians currently trying to come into the Dominican Republic have led residents of neighborhoods near the Masacre River on the Dominican side of the border to earn a living by hiding undocumented migrants in their homes. The Haitians are then taken at night to the nearby towns of Navarrete, Moncion and San Jose de las Matas on roads where there are no military checkpoints. From there they are transported to Santiago, Santo Domingo and other parts of the country to seek work in construction, commerce or domestic service.
Source: DR1, Listindiario
January 28, 2015
Category: DR News |