Local June 5, 2023 | 8:45 am

Migration cancels agent for holding a child against truck bars on a moving vehicle

Santo Domingo.- The General Director of Migration (DGM), Venancio Alcántara, has ordered the dismissal of an immigration agent who was involved in an incident where a minor was seen hanging in the arms of a woman through the bars of a DGM vehicle.

The immigration agent, Juan R. Rodríguez, has been dismissed through official letter number 0025, in accordance with the provisions of article 94 of Law 41-08 on Public Function.

This decision comes after an investigation was conducted by order of the Director of Migration, which revealed that the agent displayed a clear lack of tact and engaged in arbitrary behavior during a situation that required sensitivity and respect.

The incident took place on the Mendoza highway with Charles de Gaulle Avenue in the Santo Domingo Este municipality, when the Haitian woman was being transported as an undocumented migrant.

However, upon seeing the distressing sight of the child clinging to her, immigration supervisors promptly intervened. They immediately decided to release the woman and the child and grant them their freedom.

The investigative commission, consisting of representatives from Immigration Control, Human Resources, the Inspectorate, and the Communications Department, thoroughly examined the case and provided recommendations to prevent similar incidents in the future.

The commission’s report concluded that the immigration agent violated the detention, driving, transfer, and deportation protocol established by the institution, which must always be respected.

The Director of Migration stated that he will not tolerate actions that compromise the integrity of individuals and violate human rights. He emphasized that any agent who violates the rules of the institution will be removed, and those engaging in similar actions will face the consequences.

Furthermore, the Director affirmed that President Luis Abinader is committed to implementing immigration policies that prioritize respect and dignity.

The DGM assures the public that measures will be taken to prevent such incidents and ensure that the principles of sensitivity, respect, and human rights are upheld in all immigration procedures.

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Paul Tierney
June 5, 2023 9:20 am

One has to ask would this sacking of the agent have happened if the public was not present to take photos?

Taking the woman into the DGM truck was a bad judgement call. Allowing the baby to be held against the bars was terrible mistake.

This photo will make the rounds worldwide bringing disrespect to the RD.

Greg Brown
June 5, 2023 12:34 pm

I agree the Dominican immigration Agent should be fired, however, whoever
is illegal should be deported.
In the US Still Hundreds of migrant children remain separated from their families.
Separating children from their caregivers, holding them in detention centers.
Let’s not forget the Horrible Image of thousands of Haitian migrants who met with
force at the Texas Border the Agents in horses.

Joseph E
June 6, 2023 9:23 am
Reply to  Greg Brown

USA immigration policies and what agents did to Haitians aren’t the issue. Two wrongs do not make a right. We have to ask, “What’s in the mind of a person, regardless of their nationality, who would disregard the life of a toddler in such a manner?” It’s not the immigrants escaping a dangerous country that’s depraved. That’s a natural thing to do. It’s called survival. I imagine you would do the same if your country were in turmoil. Those who are depraved are the people who have to regard others as less than human to do unimaginable things to them. That’s what the Germans had to do to the Jews. The issue is with how Dominicans view Haitians in general. Through media and educational propaganda, Dominicans have been taught to view Haitians as less than human. And what were the other agents doing? Allowing the situation to get to this point. As the article pointed out, this act would have been business as usual without someone exposing this picture.

Last edited 11 months ago by Joseph E
Greg Brown
June 7, 2023 1:38 pm
Reply to  Joseph E

So why don’t the Advance countries like the US, France, Canada, and the United Nations do anything to help Haiti? All they do is talk and No Action.