In the Dominican Republic, legislators of all political parties discussed the 19 November migratory travel alert issued by the US government and the more recent ban on sugar exports of the US corporation Central Romana in a working session on Wednesday, 23 November.
In addressing the issue, the president of the Senate, Eduardo Estrella, asked President Luis Abinader to maintain his responsible position regarding the Haitian issue, as reported in El Caribe.
Senator Alexis Victoria Yeb read a manifesto rejecting the migratory alert issued by the US Embassy. The manifesto stresses the DR can no longer be the one country burdened with the historical problems of the Haitian people. Furthermore, it is time for the international community to take action on Haiti’s problems.
The senator of the province of La Vega, Ramon Rogelio Genao, said the country is being victim of a defamation campaign by pointing out that the Dominican population is racist when in reality it is mostly a population of blacks and mulattos and where saying “negrito” is a compliment.
“Our patricians are people of color just like our icons in art. It is a lie that there is the discriminatory treatment of people of color, it is not true that there is discrimination here because of the color of their skin.”
He affirmed that he strongly condemned the outrage that constitutes the action of the United States. The US Customs Agency against the Central Romana company, which is accused of slavery and mistreatment because it does not correspond to what the sugar industry of the region is going through.
He affirmed that both situations are evidence of the plan that Dominican civil society entities have denounced about the existence of a plan to merge both nations.
“No sir, we Dominicans will not allow refugee camps to be established here. Dominicans do not have to be told what migratory policy to do before any country since we have sovereignly established it in our constitution.”
Genao also said that it was necessary to continue with the policy of repatriating illegal immigrants.
Bautista Rojas Gomez of the (Hermanas Mirabal-Fuerza del Pueblo) also spoke out against the recent positions of the US government, rejecting the accusations made in the travel alert by the US Embassy and the US Customs ban on sugar imports from the Central Romana.
24 November 2022