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Businessmen reject US pressures on Dominican immigration policy

The statements offered by the United States through a document on the immigration issue in the country were considered “unfortunate” by the president of the Association of Industries of the Dominican Republic (AIRD), Juan Celso Marranzini.

“Our country has been claiming out to the international community, including the United States, for help (the Haiti issue). What it is about is finding a solution and, obviously, as a power, look at this as a regional crisis and not point to something that it’s not true,” said the businessman. He added that the immigration policies that the country is adopting are correct and are being carried out as such.

“It has nothing to do with race or any other issue, for which we are sovereign, as other countries take it, including the United States, which also has its immigration policies,” Marranzini said in the framework of the Investment Forum of the Association National Hotel and Restaurants of the Dominican Republic (Asonahores).

He noted: “We support the declarations of the Dominican government and we understand that these declarations (of the United States) are very unfortunate.”

On the subject, the president of the Association of Hotels and Tourism (Asonahores), Rafael Blanco Tejera, said that the United States is the main commercial partner and the main issuer of tourists to the Dominican Republic, for which he understands that the relations between the two countries and if any point needs to be clarified, do so.

“At the end of the day, what we have to ensure is that the laws of the Dominican Republic are respected just as they should be in any country, but always respecting the rights of each one,” he said.

He said that so far they have not seen any adverse reaction in the tourism sector on the flow of tourists.

“I am sure that both the Dominican State and the American State have the interest to clarify any doubt because at the end of the day we are strategic partners,” argued the president of Asonahores.

Related – Dominican Constitutional Court rejects US embassy statement

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