Local March 7, 2014 | 7:45 am

Dominican Republic reveals ‘ambitious’ plan to document foreigners

Santo Domingo.- The Foreign Ministry on Thursday said the country submitted the "most ambitious" and "comprehensive" immigration reform plan in its history to the UN, to deal with cases of undocumented foreigners

During the Human Rights Council session in Geneva, Deputy Foreign Minister José Manuel Trullols said Dominican Republic "seeks to respond to the deficiencies which have plagued our nation in the immigration field for years, with a comprehensive, inclusive plan and consistent with the laws and Dominican institutions and international standards."

At the meeting, the official said the country’s recent efforts to create modern and transparent immigration management and make it easier to document each person in Dominican territory, to guarantee their human rights and reduce their vulnerability.

Trullols said the Dominican Government’s actions include the plan to regularize foreigners in Irregular immigration status and submit a special bill to Congress soon to address cases of persons irregularly listed in the Dominican civil registry.

Normalize

He said Dominican Republic could normalize the immigration status of some 430,000 people from more than 100 countries, in the next few months.

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