The United States congressman, Adriano Espaillat, described the statement issued by the US embassy as a “malicious allegation” and asked that this type of alert against the Dominican Republic be withdrawn.
At the Dominican National Palace, while attending with President Luis Abinader, he called that this alert that could affect the country’s tourism be “dropped”.
He expressed that he requested an investigation to verify and demonstrate what the United States raised in the statement.
“We agree that the alert is unfounded and that they should be withdrawn immediately,” he said, adding that he went to the presidential house to show solidarity in the face of those accusations of which he has no evidence.
On November 19, the United States embassy, through a statement, stated that it was concerned about the “unequal treatment” based on their skin color, received by Americans traveling to the Dominican Republic by local immigration authorities.
According to the document issued by the embassy, in recent months they have received reports from travelers complaining that they were more rigorously questioned at the ports of entry into the country.
They also pointed out that due to the increase in immigration operations in the Dominican Republic, focused on repatriating undocumented Haitian nationals, American tourists (especially those of dark complexion or of African descent) could mean more interactions with local migration agents.
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