SANTO DOMINGO. – Foreign minister Carlos Morales Troncoso warned that Dominican Republic is not in a condition to accept or integrate the thousands of undocumented immigrants, because it’s a country with its own and pressing problems of jobs, poverty, education and health services, and criticized the United States for not providing more aid to the impoverished Caribbean nation.
In a letter to Mrs. Ethel Kennedy, of the Robert F. Kennedy Prize, based in Washington, DC, Morales states that under a considerable cost Dominican Republic provides those services to Haitians, while the world is turns its back on Haiti’s citizens who escape the horrible existing conditions in their own nation.
He said that the U.S. Congress doesn’t even proceed on something as simple as economic aid through the Hero and Hope Acts, which is promoted by congressional leaders such as Charles Rangel.
The official expressed his surprise by the selection of Sonia Pierre for the Robert F. Kennedy Prize, as well as by the lack of a notification in advance on the award, despite his official position as the Dominican Foreign Minister.
"I fear that, unfortunately, the Robert F. Kennedy Prize is divorced from reality on the island of Hispaniola, and unfortunately there was bad information on the consequences of the work by Ms. Pierre in these parts," he said,
"I am horrified because the Robert F. Kennedy Prize was so ill advised in its policy and so myopic in its award."
In the letter, dated the 8th of this month and written in English, Morales states that the officials of the Prize don’t believe in the work of the Dominican Republic, in its attempt to improve the lamentable conditions under which our Haitian neighbors live, which is worth the trouble to take in consideration.