Local September 29, 2021 | 8:19 am

Dominican Gov. bars entry of pregnant foreigners

Santo Domingo.- The National Migration Council prohibited the entry of pregnant foreigners to Dominican territory, as part of a series of measures issued by resolution yesterday.

After a council meeting that lasted more than two hours headed by President Luis Abinader, Interior and Police Minister, Jesús Vásquez told the press that the Dominican State “will take all the measures necessary to avoid that every citizen of foreign nationality implies an unreasonable burden on public finances.”

The resolution establishes that the prohibition applies to foreigners with proven pregnancies equal to or after six months of gestation.

The measure will have its main effect on Haitian women in labor, who already outnumber Dominican women in the waiting room of maternity wards, mainly in the northwest of the country, where nine out of ten women are of that nationality.

According to data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 4,073 pregnant Haitians entered the country in 2020.

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Paul Tierney
September 29, 2021 9:57 am

The prohibition of entry is for foreigners (Haitians) pregnant six months or more.

bernie sierr
September 29, 2021 10:54 am

This is something not well thought out and is going to have negative consequences for the country. To deny entry to pregnant women after 6 months is discriminatory against women. What they should had done was make sure that no illegal pregnant women enters the country and if they do then send them back to their countries once the babies are born.

Dr finest
September 29, 2021 4:54 pm
Reply to  bernie sierr

Lol that doesn’t work , after giving birth they stay in the country. What happens after that ? Not only do we pay the hospital bill , but now we have to pay for this child’s food , school etc , then he grows up takes our job . What else do want ,? The Haitian govt. is not paying for this . So who’s losing? We are it needs to stop Haiti we love yu and hope yu make it but not at our expense the UN needs to it’s job we are to small of a nation to take this task

Johnny Doe
September 30, 2021 12:30 am
Reply to  bernie sierr

Not well thought out? An “illegal” is what they’re after in this rule/law. They want to curb all of these newborn illegals who then have no nationality. It’s a real issue here in the D.R. The D.R. doesn’t recognize Dominican nationality by a foreigner who just happens to give birth while in the D.R. This means the Haitian child is illegal in the D.R. and can be deported at any time in the future, back to a country where they are also not a citizen. Haiti has made it clear that a child born in the D.R. is not Haitian under their laws. It’s better if the pregnant, soon to be mother is returned to Haiti to give birth first. Then, cross over if she has to with the baby. At least that way the baby is a citizen somewhere!

September 30, 2021 9:33 am

A great decision and move in order to restore order in the Dominican republic; in regards to the haitian out of control pregnat births in Dr. No more chaos and disoder; this would have never existed if Dr Balaguer was in power. Only a sell out vende patria fool like Danilo medina would have allow this madness ? I give credit to Abidaner fot bringing some conservative values and mano dura actions policies, that is truly needed more then ever now.

Carlos Hernandez
September 30, 2021 4:06 pm


Carlos Hernandez
September 30, 2021 4:07 pm

Sorry , English is my third language.