Local March 24, 2014 | 12:57 pm

Top official slams the U.S. for ‘granting’ a Dominican nationality

Santo Domingo.- President Danilo Medina met for 50 minutes in the National Palace with U.S. ambassador James Brewster Monday morning, and although the topic wasn’t revealed, it was presumably about presumed Dominican of Haitian descent, Juliana Deguis, who on Sunday was barred from boarding a flight to Washington on lack of documents.

Also at the meeting was National Immigration Council chair José Ramón Fadul and Presidency legal adviser Cesar Pina, who declined comment.

Prior to the meeting, Fadul questioned the U.S. authorities issuing Deguis a visa, noting the Central Electoral Board’s affirmation that she obtained a Dominican nationality with “irregular” documents.

The official reminded the U.S. that Dominican Republic is a sovereign country, which has its laws and rules. "No Embassy of any country can grant the Dominican nationality to any person, because that’s Dominican Republic’s sovereign right.”

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