Santo Domingo, November 19. The United States embassy in the Dominican Republic expressed this Saturday its “constant concern” about the reports it receives about the “unequal treatment” of Dominican immigration authorities towards US citizens because of the color of their skin.

“This message is to inform U.S. citizens that in recent months travelers to the Dominican Republic have reported being delayed, detained, or subjected to further questioning at ports of entry and in other encounters with immigration officials based on their color. skin”, said the legation through its Twitter account.

The embassy recommended that US citizens carry their passport and a mobile phone with them to communicate if they need help. He also provided the telephone numbers of the Dominican Ombudsman.

The Washington representation in Santo Domingo recalled that the Dominican General Directorate of Migration (DGM) has carried out widespread operations aimed at detaining those who believe they are undocumented migrants, especially people of Haitian descent.

“In some cases, the authorities have not respected the legal status of these people in the Dominican Republic or their nationality,” the document stated.

In this context, the US embassy considered that these actions “may lead to increased interaction with the Dominican authorities,” especially for darker-skinned Americans and Americans of African descent.

“There are reports that (Haitian) detainees are held in overcrowded detention centers, without the ability to challenge their detention and without access to food or toilets, sometimes for days, before being released or deported to Haiti,” the statement added. entity.

The Dominican Republic has increased in recent weeks the deportations of undocumented Haitian citizens.

Last week, President Luis Abinader spoke out against statements by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, who asked the Dominican Republic and other countries in the region to stop the deportations of Haitians to your country of origin.

On that occasion, Abinader described these pronouncements as “unacceptable” and “irresponsible”, in addition to announcing that the deportations of undocumented Haitians would not only continue but would increase.

Border Haiti, the most depressed country in the Americas, is going through a severe crisis in practically all orders. EFE

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