The Dominican Republic will quickly erect a fence alongside its border with Haiti so as to preserve unlawful immigrants and drug traffickers at bay, President Luis Abinader has stated.
The Caribbean nation, which shares 376-kilometer (234 miles) of the porous border with the previous French colony, is already residence to virtually one million Haitian residents. Some experiences say Haitians account for five% of the DR’s inhabitants.
“In a interval of two years, we wish to put an finish to the intense issues of unlawful immigration, drug trafficking, and the motion of stolen automobiles,” reported Reuters quoting Abinader as saying.
The border fence, which is alleged to start out rising within the second half of this 12 months, shall be armed with movement sensors, facial recognition cameras, and infrared techniques, the President added.
The Dominican Republic grew to become independent from Haiti round 175 years in the past. Each international locations share the same tradition, however their residents communicate totally different languages. Spanish is the nationwide language within the Dominican Republic, whereas Haitians communicate Creole.
1000’s of Haitians haven’t obtained citizenship regardless of having lived within the Dominican Republic for greater than a decade. As of 2018, round 500,000 Haitians lived within the DR. As we speak a big a part of the Haitian neighborhood doesn’t have residence permits.
Haiti is politically unstable and has lengthy been affected by crime. Weeks in the past, dozens of individuals died in a manhunt following a jail break at a jail close by Port-au-Prince.