Santo Domingo.– Robert Thomas, in charge of the United States Embassy in the country, recognized that the Dominican Republic has the right to decide whether or not to accept refugee camps on its territory, meaning the admission of the proposal made by White. House.
“The Dominican Republic is the one who must decide. We share our values with you, who have the sovereign right to decide the flow, the migration process and how it is done. I want to be clear that this is a sovereign right that we strongly support,” the diplomat explained.
When asked about his rejection of a statement issued by the embassy that claimed to be concerned about “unequal treatment” of citizens based on skin colour, Thomas indicated that he agreed with the basic principles that every The country has its own sovereign right to carry out its immigration procedures, how and when to deport people.
Thomas said, “We all agree that in terms of human rights principles, when there is a violation by the police or an immigration agent, an investigation must be conducted and appropriate procedures must be followed.”
The commercial attaché said that the Dominican Republic and the US have similar challenges and principles, while acknowledging that the administration of President Luis Abinader has followed the parameters when cases in the police have been identified and properly investigated and prosecuted has gone.
New York’s Congressman for the 13th District, Adriano Espilette, requested the immediate withdrawal of the statement ‘Warning: Reinforcement of Migration in the Dominican Republic’ issued by the Embassy of the United States of America in the country last Saturday, November 19, to qualify Could 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.
At the end of a private meeting with President Luis Abinader, which was also attended by Congressman Vicente Gonzalez of Texas, the leader of the North American Congress spoke with reporters who cover the National Palace Fountain.
“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 warned, what are the reasons, because both the embassy and the State Department have so far refused to give us evidence,” Espielt insisted.
At the end of the turn of presentations in the session to be held this Wednesday in the Senate of the Republic, the senator of Hermanas Mirabal province asked the United States government to withdraw the trade manager from its embassy in the country.
“What we have to do is ask the United States to remove all the perpetrators of this disgrace, to remove them because they are lying to the world in order to impose a policy that is not in line with the moment and they are even That is running away from not only political sovereignty but economic sovereignty and this cannot be allowed”, the legislator said.
He suggested to his allies to unite in that direction, noting that the treatment received as a country did not deserve a diplomatic response, but rather a political one.
On his part, the senator from La Vega province, Ramon Rogelio Genao, assured today that the country is falling victim to a stigma campaign by saying that the Dominican population is racist, when in fact it is mostly blacks and mulattoes. And where to say bold is a compliment.
“Our patrons are people of color, just like our art icons. It is a lie that people of color are discriminated against, it is not true that people here are discriminated against because of the color of their skin.”
He affirmed that he strongly condemned the outrage constituting the United States Customs Agency’s action against the Central Romana Company, which has been accused of slavery and abuse because it was not consistent with the experience of the sugar industry in the region. Is.
The senator for Barahona province, José del Castillo Savion, confirmed that the Dominican Republic already shelters more than one million Haitians living in the country.
“We are probably a refuge for more than one million Haitians, there is no country that has contributed more to Haiti than the Dominican Republic,” said a Dominican Liberation Party legislator.
He argued about the United States Embassy’s statement warning citizens of color and added that the sanction to the Central Romana Sugar Company was added to this.
The US Embassy’s statement drew widespread condemnation from social and business circles.
The United States government raised with the Dominican government the possibility of opening Haitian refugee camps on this side of the border as part of preparations for a military invasion.
*by Joan Vargas and Aniello Mercedes