The Dominican Republic will start fortifying its 234-mile border with Haiti — including fences and distant sensors — because it tries to regulate undocumented migration and drug-trafficking, President Luis Abinader mentioned.
In a speech earlier than congress Saturday, Abinader mentioned the barrier would begin going up within the second half and would come with “double fencing alongside probably the most difficult stretches, and a easy fence alongside the remainder.” He additionally mentioned new border controls would come with facial-recognition expertise, movement detectors, and infrared cameras.
“Inside two years we wish to carry an finish to the intense issues of unlawful immigration, narco-trafficking and the motion of stolen autos — issues that now we have been struggling for years,” he mentioned throughout an annual state-of-the-union speech that marks the nation’s independence from Haiti within the nineteenth century.
The border fence is one other reminder of how completely different the 2 nations are, regardless of sharing the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. Spanish-speaking Dominican Republic, on the jap aspect of the island, has one of many largest and fastest-growing economies within the area, whereas Creole-speaking Haiti, within the west, is the poorest nation within the hemisphere.
Abinader’s announcement comes amid renewed turmoil in Haiti. Final week, two Dominican brothers and their Haitian interpreter had been kidnapped within the capital, Port-au-Prince. And on Thursday, an enormous prison break in Haiti result in a manhunt that left not less than two dozen individuals useless. As well as, anti-government protests are anticipated on Sunday.
Regardless of the brand new fence, Abinader mentioned he’s dedicated to serving to his neighbor. In current weeks the Dominican Republic has issued IDs to undocumented Haitians and is pursing plans to construct maternity hospitals in Haiti.
“We would like a mutually helpful relationship with Haiti,” Abinader mentioned.