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JCE proposes Dominicans build hospitals in Haiti and civil registry

The president of the Central Electoral Board (JCE) Julio César Castaños Guzmán, says that the best investment the Dominican Republic could make from a strategic standpoint is to help Haiti undertake its civil registry through the Organization of American States (OAS). Guzman made the remarks during an interview on the TV program Hoy Mismo, with Dany Alcántara, Oscar Medina and Luisín Mejía, as reported in El Nacional. Most Haitians living in Haiti are undocumented, a situation that causes major problems for the Dominican Republic given the continuing flow of immigrants.

Castaños Guzmán said that technically the JCE is prepared to assist Haiti in carrying out its registry, but it does not have the financial resources to take on the responsibility.

Castaños Guzmán also proposes that the Dominican government build hospitals in Haiti, from a humanitarian standpoint and offer at these hospitals, free birthing services to Haitian women in Haiti so they do not need to cross the border to receive free services in Dominican hospitals. Haitians cross the border to seek free hospital services in emergency rooms in the Dominican Republic, and the flow is such it is now a major burden on the Dominican health budget.

At the Haitian hospitals, civil registry offices could operate to document the births, says Guzmán Castaños. He said that since the instatement of the Foreigners’ Birth Registration Book in the Dominican Republic in 2007, only 85,000 births have been registered. He understands there have been many more births than the official statistics have accounted for. The book was instated so as to register foreign births as having taken place here, while these did not qualify for Dominican citizenship at birth.

In a 2013, during the 5th Summit of Caribbean Heads of Government and State, President Danilo Medina offered then President Michel Martelly the installations and infrastructure necessary for that country to document its nationals. The DR at the time had changed the equipment used for documenting Dominicans and offered the old yet working equipment to Haiti. Haiti did not accept the donation. This would have expedited the legalization process of around 200,000 Haitian workers living in the Dominican Republic. At the time, the OAS also offered its collaboration.

Source: DR1

Sep 12, 2017

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