Comparing Mexico-US and Haiti-DR borders
A feature in El Caribe today focuses on the similarities and differences in the borders between Mexico and the United States and Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Among the similarities is a population migrating to the more developed country, illicit trafficking in weapons and drugs, the main trade partner and bilateral talks that fluctuate between love and hate.
But the author of the report, Natali Faxas says that the comparisons are unfair given the economic, social and political conditions of the border between the US and Mexico that do not apply of Hispaniola.
She points out that at simple sight the physical division between the DR and Haiti are imaginary along the 391 kms of border land, while the physical border of 3,142 kms between the US and Mexico is well marked and protected. On Hispaniola, border market days are marked by friendly dynamism, she writes with little border controls. The Dominican border with Haiti has three main entry points guarded merely by single metal gates at the points of entry of Pedernales with Anse-a-Pitres, then Jimani-Malpasse that is the most used for those headed to Port-au-Prince; Dajabon-Ouanaminthe that has the most traffic of freighter trucks.
A Haitian can buy an illicit ticket to enter Dominican territory for US$100 or less, compared to the cost of at least US$3,500 to be smuggled into the US.
Source: DR1, Elcaribe
June 13, 2016
Category: DR News |