The Dominican Republic has deployed 1.000 soldiers along border with Haiti

Posted by on Friday, March 9, 2018 Under: Haiti/Dominican relations
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The Dominican Republic on Thursday March 8th deployed 1.000 soldiers along its terrestrial border with Haiti. These soldiers are supported by 90 vehicles two helicopters and a number of drones.

The deployment of yet, the largest Dominican forces along the border, is ten fold that of Haiti’s own’s border police; it comes after the Dominican President Danilo Medina made the announcement during his congressional address on February 27th 2018.

"We will coordinate all the institutions that operate on the border: the army, the navy, the air force, Border Security and the General Migration Directorate, so that Dominican law is respected on the border," the Dominican president said in the speech to a joint session of Congress. 

Medina said that it was necessary for the Dominican Republic to protect the country and Its heritage. There are more than 1 million Haitians live in the Dominican republic, most of them illegal working in agriculture and construction.

On December 28th 2017, Haitian President Jovenel Moise announced the creation of a new special police force, PoliFront, to monitor the 388 km long border with Its western neighbor which it shares the Island of Hispaniola with. For Jovenel Moise, there are more than $400 million of uncollected taxes at the border, due the smuggling of many dominican products formally banned in Haiti. 

Haitian President launches new Police unit, POLIFRONT, to monitor border with Dominican Republic

PoliFront was officially deployed on January 11th, 2018 and some 90 Police officers were given the mission to prevent and suppress transnational organized crimes, assist the administrative police as needed; collaborate with institutions and cooperate with the Dominican Police.

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