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The Dominican Republic will actively seek immigrants to register them

República Dominicana buscará activamente a los inmigrantes para registrarlos

The authorities of the Dominican Republic will actively search for undocumented immigrants, the vast majority Haitians, in order to develop a database that will be shared with all immigration agencies. security and migration.

This will be the function of at least 38 offices that will be distributed throughout the country and that must be in operation "between this month and December", explained this Thursday to Efe the Vice Minister of Immigration Management and Naturalization, Juan Manuel Rosario.

The first two offices were inaugurated last Monday, in the border provinces of Dajabón and Elías Piña, just five days after the government announced their creation, within a package of measures to curb Haitian immigration.

The authorities plan is to create a database "very solid" and "as interconnected as possible", for which the security agencies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the General Directorate of Migration (DGM), an entity empowered to automatically deport any immigrant in an irregular condition.

The database will collect biometric information, such as fingerprints and images for facial recognition, with the aim of facilitating the identification of Haitian immigrants, many of whom lack any documents.

Rosario assured that "immigration policy remains the same", so the DGM "will keep doing his job" of deportation of immigrants in irregular condition.

Meanwhile, the new offices will be dedicated to fulfilling their function, of registering the "thousands of illegals" that is in the Dominican Republic.

The role of the offices is "guarantee citizen security and national security" and it will be done "within the framework of law and within the framework of human rights".

"We are not going to violate human rights or anything like that", the vice minister guaranteed.

Each office will have a staff of ten officials from the Ministry of the Interior, although they may require support from assistants, "depending on the magnitude of the work".

Immigrants will be able to register voluntarily at the office and if they don’t, officials will visit them at their places of residence, according to the deputy minister.

Data will be collected not only from the undocumented, but also from immigrants with a residence permit and, in both cases, foreigners will have to notify these offices of any changes of address to other provinces.

In addition, it is intended to register residents in cities Haitian border who go to work daily in the Dominican Republic, to control that they do not leave the perimeter of the border.

In principle, it is planned to open 38 offices, although the possibility of expanding this number to more than 40 is contemplated if necessary.

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