Santiago (Agenzia Fides) – Emeritus Archbishop of Santiago de los Caballeros, Mgr. Ramon Benito de la Rosa y Carpio, in a brief interview with the local press said that until mafia groups composed of Dominicans and foreigners are not tackled, who do business with the needs of Haitians, the problem of illegal immigration in the Dominican Republic will continue.
For the Archbishop, mafia groups exist and operate illegal traffic of people from Haiti to the Dominican Republic. Their illegal business moves millions of pesos every year and they are able to operate in different parts of the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. In this regard, in the text sent to Fides, the Archbishop is saddened by the fact that the great nations have completely abandoned Haiti and have left the heavy burden on the Dominican Republic, which is receiving a peaceful invasion of illegal immigrants who arrive in search of better living conditions.
The Dominican Catholic Church has always shown solidarity with Haiti, and this support was reaffirmed during the last meeting of Dominican Bishops, where it was decided to continue pastoral support in Haiti.
"There is a great relationship between the Dominican Catholic Church and the Haitian pastoral, in which topics such as the respect and sovereignty of peoples are dealt with", emphasized Mgr. de la Rosa and Carpio. "We must also remember", concluded the Archbishop, "that the Dominican Republic is not like the great powers that promised and then disappeared, however we can not take on the whole Haitian burden because our country is small and the Government has its own needs and commitments with the Dominican population".
Just a few days ago, the government of the Dominican Republic was forced to reiterate that law enforcement monitor the borders and denied Haitian mass influxes, as appears in some videos spread by social networks. However, the presence of Haitians on the streets of some Dominican cities is on the rise. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 14/07/2017)