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    Default Por Fin! The Voice of Reason!

    Thanks to Roberto Alvarez for being the voice of reason and for representing the Diaspora!

    Deportees need to be studied
    Lawyer Roberto Alvarez writes in El Caribe that the Dominican Republic should request backing from the United States Embassy to carry out a study similar to that which the US Embassy in Jamaica financed on the behavior of Jamaican deported nationals. He says that of 12,036 deportees to Jamaica, 63% were repatriated for criminal reasons, which is comparable to 66% of Dominican deportees. The remainder were returned primarily for violating migration laws. Alvarez said the Jamaican study also revealed that the average age of the deported Jamaicans when entering the US was 23, and that they typically stayed in the US an average of 12 years before being returned. He said the Jamaican study showed that deportees convicted of crimes that were not drug-related represented an insignificant minority.
    Alvarez has expressed concern that in the debates regarding citizens' safety and the rising crime rate, the large number of deported Dominicans is frequently pinpointed as one of the main factors. Currently, however, there are no statistics to substantiate this claim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deelt
    Thanks to Roberto Alvarez for being the voice of reason and for representing the Diaspora!

    Deportees need to be studied
    Lawyer Roberto Alvarez writes in El Caribe that the Dominican Republic should request backing from the United States Embassy to carry out a study similar to that which the US Embassy in Jamaica financed on the behavior of Jamaican deported nationals. He says that of 12,036 deportees to Jamaica, 63% were repatriated for criminal reasons, which is comparable to 66% of Dominican deportees. The remainder were returned primarily for violating migration laws. Alvarez said the Jamaican study also revealed that the average age of the deported Jamaicans when entering the US was 23, and that they typically stayed in the US an average of 12 years before being returned. He said the Jamaican study showed that deportees convicted of crimes that were not drug-related represented an insignificant minority.
    Alvarez has expressed concern that in the debates regarding citizens' safety and the rising crime rate, the large number of deported Dominicans is frequently pinpointed as one of the main factors. Currently, however, there are no statistics to substantiate this claim.
    Many deportees are due to INS violations (back-dated stamps on passports is one example); many are returned to DR due to previous felonies in US soil drug related or not. I've also seen cases were naturalized US citizens are deported to DR due to the nature of their crimes. Permanent residence have also being repatriated to the island for different reasons. Contrary to popular opinion, not all are deported due to drugs or crimes; I think the Dominican government would have to divulge the number of folks deported to Dominican territory from San Juan, Miami and the New York, but why bother, if action is not going to be taking to stop the trafficking of humans, apparently some officials find it a lucrative business.

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