Dominican Republic halts Haitians as Port-au-Prince crisis festers
Dajabon, Dominican Republic.- At least 51 undocumented Haitians were arrested by Dominican soldiers in the town of Aminilla, northwestern Dajabon province, when traveling through rugged terrain between the towns of Dajabón and Mao, said the military quoted by Efe n Monday.
Military officials said the foreigners were handed over to the Immigration Agency for repatriation.
Many Haitians say they were spurred to sneak across the border because of their country’s political crisis, with no central government as of Sunday.
“In Haiti there are no jobs, no food, no government, no one can be in the streets because they even kill you for a piece of bread,” Raibat Mangó Baptiste, one of the detained immigrants told Efe.
Another detainee revealed that they paid between 2,000 and 3,500 pesos to smugglers to help them cross the border, but were then left on their own.
Feb 8, 2016
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