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Washington.– The US government deported about 369,000 immigrants during fiscal year 2013, according to new statistics from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), showing a 10 per cent drop from the previous year - the first since President Barack Obama took office in 2008.

Nearly 60 per cent (216,810) of the total deported immigrants, the year-end report ( showed, had been previously convicted of a crime.

Of this number, ICE apprehended and deported 110,115 individuals with a crime conviction from within the country and another 106,695 at the border while attempting to unlawfully enter or re-enter the United States.

With 241,493 Mexicans deported from the United States in 2013, Mexico continued to be the leading country of origin for those who were removed, followed by other Latin American countries such Guatemala (47,769), Honduras (37,049), El Salvador (21,602), and the Dominican Republic (2,462).

The other countries in the Top 10 include Ecuador (1,616), Brazil (1,500), Colombia (1,429), Nicaragua (1,383), and Jamaica (1,119).

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Written by: dagtan, 6 Jan 2014 8:42 AM
From: United States, New York City
This article should serve as an example to our dear Dominican leaders. As I been saying for a while, what matters is the process and not the rule when it comes to issues dealing with human beings. It is amazing, how the Obama administration has had a much higher rate of deportation than the previous administration (Bush Jr.) However, the democrats are viewed as the protector of immigrants and the possible saviors to our issues here in the U.S.

This is not by accident, the democrats use a tremendous amount of humanity in deportation process and work very hard in not making this process prejudicial. Moreover, it does not matter if you are able to pay your way out, it is not going to happen, therefore, corruption does not interfere with the process.

On the other hand, the DR government decided to sensationalize this issue to gain political capital at home, not knowing how foolish they'll look in the eyes of the international community, which matter more than the eyes at home.
Written by: zooma, 6 Jan 2014 9:19 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

Dagtan, you are saying something that is needed.. The DR has taking the humanity out of its process to regularize a segment of the population. It is more concerned with earning political points by mistreatment of this segment rather than protecting the Dominican roots and rights of those who have earned their place in its society by birth and documentation.

This is a agenda by the government to divert the publics attention away from the black hole of government corruption. This corruption has brought more economic hurt to the country than that alleged of the population being regularized.

Written by: Atabey, 6 Jan 2014 9:45 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
I disagree. What the Medina Administration is doing, Regularización in the entire country, has never been achieved before. DR's chaos in terms of cédulas and other forms of legal documentos is leyendary. So Any serious attempt to get a handle on this national failure generates an enormous storm of protest from those who have profited from the previous chaotic conditions. Imagine what will happen when the true nature of the selling of cédulas and birth certificates is published. Some years ago Puerto Rico had to reissue new birth certificates for all those born on the island. The Federal government demanded it clean up its act. Before this action, it was not uncommon to find some Puertorricans in need of quick cash selling their múltiple copies or unscrupulous agencies/businesses doing so.

What DR has failed in is A VERY POOR JOB CONTROLLING THE MESSAGE IN THE INTERNATIONAL AREANA. And none more so than in the USA, Canada and Europe.

Written by: Mart1n, 6 Jan 2014 10:01 AM
From: Dominican Republic, North coast
The Dominicans are told they should not deport Haitians
Written by: Atabey, 6 Jan 2014 10:06 AM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--

The DR has failed to identify each separate nation and personalize for them the on goings and true dimensiones involved. So a country like the US and its citizens would find it far easier to understand our position if it was graphically represented with the US and a Country X representing Haití. So if the US has 317 million people, then country X would also represent 317 million people. You make adjustments for all the other indexies and the scale and dimensiones of the situation is better understood and no doubt more people would be won over or at least have the basis for coming to an opinión based on facts and not some emotional response. Playing the Victim and Afro-sensitivity mixed in with poor practices and abusive labor issues in places like the Vicini holdings and others plus the usual atagonistic historical feelings and expressions of rather poorly educated natives are swaying international opiniones more than the facts.
Written by: dagtan, 6 Jan 2014 12:10 PM
From: United States, New York City

What you are talking about is DIPLOMACY, I have been saying for months if not years. The DR lacks skilled diplomats that are able to travel and represent our country in front of the international community. The fact that we are not prepared to deal with a diplomatic crisis such as this should be the driving force in declaring our very low literacy rate a national crisis. The DR is only doing better than Haiti when it comes to educating its population - yet its economy is many times larger, so why is it that we are only doing better than the Haitians when it comes to educating our people.

Some here will blame the Haitians for this, since the Haitians have become the scapegoats for many, as it has for the DR government for the 70 years. Once the Haitians are removed there will be no change, the DR will still be only doing better than Haiti. Our problems are not caused by the Haitian's presence, but by our greedy and corrupt leaders at levels and sector of the, cont
Written by: dagtan, 6 Jan 2014 12:16 PM
From: United States, New York City

Therefore, it is no surprise to me ATABEY, that the message is NOT coming across clearly, WE JUST DO NOT HAVE THE TRAINING TO SPAR WITH EDUCATED DIPLOMATS AT THE INTERNATIONAL LEVEL. Maybe, people in the DR should start holding the government accountable for the poor showing internationally, but the population does not know any better. Instead, once again the DR government has resorted to the ever effective weapon, NATIONALISM.

Dominicans suffer from a severe form of ultra nationalism that has been the essence of our lack of growth intellectually and politically. This form of nationalism has created an insular attitude and a sense of island thinking (literally). We are not alone, we belong to an international/global community and anyone who thinks that we should ignore what this community has to say is an absolute asshole.
Written by: Atabey, 6 Jan 2014 3:25 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--

Well, not too much to argue against most of what you stated.

We have an unbelievable gap or déficit in well trained Diplomats and that pipeline is fundamentally due to our lack of quality and quantité in the lower levels that feed into what should be a strongly structured Diplomatic team. Don't we have a School of Diplomacy in DR? I thought I read somewhere that a school had been set up.

But your core point of a lack of past investments in overall educación On All Levels, but especialmente the K-12 years has produced many bitter fruit. It will take some years yet to fully see what happens with the current levels of support in educación. Sadly this same level was not put into place 40 years ago. Had it, and I know that there was a Brief two or three year period when funds were allocated, been sustained, we would be in a far better position today.

Written by: Lautaro, 6 Jan 2014 3:47 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Bring DT Forum Back
"We have an unbelievable gap or déficit in well trained Diplomats and that pipeline is fundamentally due to our lack of quality and quantité in the lower levels that feed into what should be a strongly structured Diplomatic team. Don't we have a School of Diplomacy in DR? I thought I read somewhere that a school had been set up. "

The problem isn't the existence of good diplomats or not (after all, we had an Eduardo Latorre (RIP), Bernardo Vega and Roberto Saladin) but the way in which ambassadors get appointed here, as in, a reward for political support in political campaigns. To speak plainly, as long as the PLD keeps the foreign service as a reward to the PRSC for its political support, things will never change on this account.
Written by: dagtan, 6 Jan 2014 5:17 PM
From: United States, New York City
Mi amigo Lautaro, you are correct, in stating that political posts in our country are based on patronage and not skills. Only to hear some of this Neanderthals makes me want to puke. How can a country that is so called proud to be something, sent such imbeciles to represent them in front of the international community.

The more time we spend arguing, the more embarrassing it gets, due to the low skills presented by our delegations. The Haitian government is not stupid and they know that our Achilles hill is our weak education, just as theirs. We might have nicer urban centers, beaches, resorts and companies, but at the end of the day the Haitian government knows that our human capital is weak as their is.

We are not capable of defending ourselves flawlessly nor are we able to promote our country in a different light than a mere vacation spot for non-Dominicans. Our intellectuals have been under heavy persecution for decades and the eradication of the educated is working.
Written by: danny00, 6 Jan 2014 5:39 PM
From: United States, Rhodes scholar oxford university
Imbeciles your correct on that one but lets throw in the Mix No Real Education..In the Dominican Republic they are Smart A_--__in the Real world most of them would be Working in a Cheap Tee-Factory...nice when u have friends or Family in the RD Govt...Real Nice.
Written by: originalmrb, 7 Jan 2014 10:28 AM
From: Canada, Have a glitche in my account. Takes me a while to respond. DT staff is working on it.

I think the RD Govt does have what it takes to deal with international diplomats. But they are simply choosing not to. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

It is true that the press here in Canada picked up on this story. But they only carried it for a short time. It must have been a slow news week. I have to laugh at our diplmats who judge other countries in the name of human rights. They do it just to be counted in. They are no more than also-rans. It's a sound bite to make it look like; they know what's going on, and that they care. blah blah blah...

The movement toward documenting the population in the RD is a no win situation. Before the policy, this comment room was full of condemnation about the illegals in the country. Now it's human rights, when someone draws a line in the sand. It had to start somewhere. Yes it's heavy handed, but that can change. Better to work toward the ultimate and conceed to compromise.

That's how I see it anyway.
Written by: Atabey, 7 Jan 2014 1:52 PM
From: United States, Bring DT Forum Back--
Controlling the message is KEY in these events. And in our modern world, Media is King. You don't use Media correctly and you're pushing up on a very difficult degree mountain and if you add dysfunctional or poorly trained Diplomats to the mix, think about pushing up a mountain with a heavy ball chained behind your bike.

Yes, Lautaro and dagtan, the DR bets that it can get what it needs essentially by Presidential intervention and agreements. The rest doesn't really matter. But this antiquated strategy, a leftover from the days of the dictators has long been replaced. And those countries unwilling to change with the times & use the powerful influence that Media in all its facets presents in the modern world don't stand much of a chance. Haiti has on its side the multiple institutions that have a vested interests in resolving the perennial Haitian Problem within the island context. The regional actors see this as their best ploy in preventing influx of boat people
Written by: originalmrb, 8 Jan 2014 6:49 AM
From: Canada, Have a glitche in my account. Takes me a while to respond. DT staff is working on it.
The headline is about the dynamics of the “USA” deportation, but clearly that has given license to hijack the subject matter to deal with the ongoing Dominican problem. I see the segue. I get it. It's serial. And it's a b*tch of a problem.

However, in all the articles - and the ensuing commentary - I have not seen much discussion on one potential aspect of this human flood. Impetus. More to the point: Foreign and domestic industries, who secretly suborn these so-called “illegals”, because they can - and do - garner illegal labour for pennies on the dollar. What else could possibly be the attraction that would cause sane people to leave their homes and families - and so often risk life and limb in doing so?

One must ask: What influence do these power barons have over the hapless governments? And - in a tiny nation such as the RD, who has lived countless decades with outsider fingers in their pie - what role does industry profit play in this Gordian Knot that now exists?
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