Sunday, December 04, 2022

US Congressman calls for withdrawal of alert issued by US Embassy against Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo. – New York Congressman from the 13th District, Adriano Espilette, called for the immediate withdrawal of the statement “Warning: Reinforcement of Migration to the Dominican Republic” issued by the United States Embassy in the country on Wednesday, November 23. Last Saturday, November 19, which he called baseless.

Espaillat expressed his resounding disapproval of the measure and said that, despite requesting verifiable, clear evidence of malicious allegations, he delivered this warning to the State Department and the charge d’affaires of the embassy in the Dominican Republic, Robert W. went. , Thomas, you haven’t received any.

The North American Congresswoman speaks to reporters covering the National Palace Fountain at the end of a private meeting with President Luis Abinader, which was also attended by Congressman Vicente Gonzalez of Texas.

He added, “And I’m here because I strongly oppose the unfounded alerts issued by the State Department and the Embassy of my country, the United States, here in the Dominican Republic.”

He explained that he refused to talk about it, because he wanted to build himself up first and it is an aspect that can naturally affect the country in terms of tourism and other things.

“So far they have not been able to provide me with any evidence that would support this type of alert, so I categorically ask them to cancel the alert and together with other Congressmen, we demand a thorough investigation by Congress and the US government.” going to request.” , which will tell us why they alerted, what are the reasons, because both the embassy and the State Department have so far refused to give us evidence”, insisted Congressman Espaillat.

He warned that law and order must fundamentally be based on evidence and that no one can anonymously accuse another person without presenting evidence and so far, of course, they have not.

“So I formally ask you to drop the alert and we are going to request a formal investigation to see how deeply the alert was raised, which naturally could affect the Dominican Republic,” he said. Insisted.

The North American congressman also expressed that the Dominican Republic has every right to defend its border in the face of violent anarchy led by gangs in Haiti, a situation that has in recent days prompted the UN Security Council to impose sanctions against gang members. encouraged to toughen up.

“I myself, together with another Congressman in Washington, signed a letter calling for the enforcement of the Magnitsky Law involving gang members and any other politician or businessman. So the Dominican Republic owes every effort to rights so that this wave of violence does not cross the border.”

He said that his presence in the country was intended as a gesture of solidarity with the Dominican Republic in a difficult time as a Dominican-American, where there is an avalanche of criticism and accusations, which so far he has no evidence. why did they get up

“Congressman Vicente Gonzalez from Texas is with me, and I hope this can be clarified as soon as possible and I’ve already had many calls of concern, not only from Dominicans, but from others as well as friends of Dominicans I have met people who feel that this attitude was too aggressive against the Dominican Republic,” Espiellet revealed.

Regarding the timing of the request, he said that they would start an investigation process which would take time.

He said that the Dominican Republic is a country characterized by friendship, a hospitable attitude, where everyone is treated well, which is why millions of tourists annually visit its beaches, rivers and mountains.

Likewise, Congressman Gonzalez explained that he had accompanied his counterpart Espillat to the meeting with President Abinader, which he highlighted was productive.

Gonzalez indicated that he had the same concerns as Congressman Espillat, “that not just a warning should be given, but a thorough investigation.”

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