4 April, 2024
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SANTO DOMINGO. The General Director of Immigration, Venancio Alcántara, described as abusive the Amnesty International report that states that there are violations in the deportations carried out on foreigners who are in an irregular condition in the Dominican Republic.

   Mr. Alcántara specified that the interdiction processes are carried out in accordance with the provisions of Law 285 – 04, with respect for human rights and in accordance with international standards to which the Dominican Republic is a signatory.

    The General Directorate of Migration (DGM) indicated that this report is inconsiderate and denied that foreigners who are transferred to their country of origin are mistreated as stated in that document, which is not based on the truth.

   The Dominican Republic has demonstrated with actions that it is the most interested in Haiti getting out of its crisis, even President Luis Abinader has taken forceful and concrete steps by asking the international community to urgently assume the solution to the instability in the neighbor. country that generates the violence that is being experienced right now.

    As President Abinader said, Immigration will continue with the deportation and repatriation of illegal foreigners in accordance with what is established by the law that governs the matter, respecting human rights, with due process and international agreements to which the Dominican Republic is a signatory.

  The DGM rejects all types of interference in national immigration policy and that no foreign institution interferes in the actions of the State in accordance with what is established by the Constitution, Dominican laws and international conventions.

Venancio Alcántara pointed out that the institution he directs is the only body with the quality to apply this law, no other national or foreign institution. 

   In the first quarter of 2024, the General Directorate of Migration (DGM) deported 28,318 foreigners to their countries of origin or provenance for not complying with the provisions of Law 285-04, for being required by different countries and for other reasons.

 So far this year, the DGM has redirected 45,640 foreigners and 60,453 have voluntarily returned, totaling 106,093, including repatriates, deportees and those who have decided to leave on their own from January to March. .

  The deportees are 7 Americans, 3 Colombians, a Cuban, a Venezuelan, a Dutchman, an Italian and the rest Haitians. In January there were 10,803, in February 8,579 and in March 8,936.