Home for the holidays? Not really

Photo: El Caribe

A total of just over 2,000 Dominicans have been deported and returned to the Dominican Republic by some 16 nations or territories around the world so far in 2018. These deportees arrived at the Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) in Santo Domingo from the United States, Puerto Rico, Panama, Spain, France, Mexico, Venezuela, Italy, Aruba, Curacao, Germany and the Benelux countries (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg). Just last week some 80 young Dominicans arrived from the United States after having served their jail time. Some 1,957 of the deportees were male and 44 were female. The men, between the ages of 25 and 67 had served prison sentences of as much as 15 years. The women were between 28 and 48 years old.

The list of criminal activities includes narcotics, counterfeiting, robbery, kidnapping, domestic violence, illegal immigration status, and other offenses that resulted in incarceration. After the deportees are received at the airport, they are taken to the Shelter for Repatriated and Arrested Persons in Haina, where they are processed, and released, unless they have issues pending with Dominican justice, in which case they are sent to the proper jurisdiction for further processing and trial. An average of 167 persons per month are deported back to the DR from the United States.

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El Caribe

26 December 2018