José R. Álvarez Vallejo is an attorney, theologian, community member, businessman, and former assistant to the mayor of Miami, where he lives.
FLORIDA.- The Foundation for the Integration and Defense of Dominicans Abroad asked President Luis Abinader to create a state ministry for Dominicans abroad.
In a public letter to the president, the unit’s president, José R. Álvarez Vallejo, stated that “the Dominican diaspora abroad should be given due importance and an initiative of this nature would be an important step in that direction.”
He points out that, despite the fact that Dominicans abroad contribute more than $10 billion a year to the country’s coffers and economy, which is 3.4% of GDP, “many of us find it difficult to make ends meet.” circumstances, including homelessness, wrongful imprisonment, and lack of medical care.
Álvarez Vallejo said in the letter, “As the largest province in the Dominican Republic, we need a link with your government to solve these problems and be able to better integrate into our country.”
Here is the full letter:
,Public Letter to the President of the Dominican Republic
LIC Luis Abinader Corona Constitutional President of the Dominican Republic
January 14, 2023
Dear President Abindar:
I am writing to request you to create a Ministry of State for Dominicans abroad. We believe that the Dominican diaspora abroad should be properly valued and an initiative of this nature would be an important step in that direction. Dominicans abroad contribute more than $10 billion a year to the country’s treasury and economy, which is 3.4% of GDP. Apart from this, we have a large number of voters abroad which is more than one lakh two hundred thousand.
Yet many of us find ourselves in difficult circumstances, including homelessness, wrongful imprisonment, and lack of medical care.
As the largest province in the Dominican Republic, we need contact with your government to resolve these issues and better integrate into our country.
The Dominican Ministry of State Abroad will serve as that link, helping us to focus on areas such as housing, education, health and pensions, and
Government budget and legislation.
We propose that the Ministry have a budget to serve as an emergency fund, that it be administered by a mixed commission of organizations from here and from the Ministry, and that it review and evaluate cases
requested for approval.
We also suggest that the ministry have a lawyer to review the files on wrongfully imprisoned Dominicans, as well as a volunteer doctor who visits Dominicans in hospitals.
Chaplain or social worker to visit the homeless and provide solutions and follow up.
We anticipate that the Ministry may be a chapter or an appendage of the Consulate for Diplomatic Protection, but it shall have its own autonomy in its operations.
Currently, we have two Dominican institutions in Miami, INDEX and the Consulate, but neither of them have the structure or the money to do this work for Dominicans.
We thank you in advance for your attention to this request and look forward to your response.
Mr. Jose R. Alvarez Vallejo
President of the Foundation for the Integration and Defense of Dominican Abroad
-LIC. Alfredo Pacheco, resident of the Chamber of Deputies.
– Dr. Eduardo Estrella, President of the Senate».