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Title: CARIBBEAN MASS MIGRATION - PROBABLE DOMINICAN

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07SANTODOMINGO752007-01-12 17:32:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 SECRET Embassy Santo Domingo
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SUBJECT: CARIBBEAN MASS MIGRATION - PROBABLE DOMINICAN 
REACTION 
 
REF: STATE 3439 
 
Classified By: EcoPol Counselor Michael Meigs.  Reason: 
1.4 (b) and (d). 
 
¶1.  (S) Santo Domingo country team considers that the 
Dominican government would NOT/NOT be willing to receive any 
Haitian migrants in the event of a mass migration event and 
that it would NOT/NOT be willing to place Cuban migrants in a 
camp or under any similar system of controls.  In the 
unlikely event that the Dominican authorities were to agree 
to the transfer to the national territory of Cuban migrants, 
many of those migrants would be likely to enter into existing 
illegal human smuggling circuits designed to deliver 
individuals to Puerto Rico. 75 miles away. 
 
¶2.  (S) Responses below keyed to reftel: 
 
a)  The Santo Domingo country team considers that the 
Dominican authorities would not agree to the establishment of 
a refugee camp on national territory, regardless of funding 
or management arrangements.  Note that during Haiti's 
February 2004 political crisis, the Dominicans granted 
permission to Southcom to establish a forward operating base 
at the southeastern town of Barahona but explicitly barred 
any talk of establishing refugee camps. 
 
b) not applicable 
 
c) The Dominican authorities would not/not take any Haitian 
migrants.  The country has a resident population of mostly 
undocumented Haitian nationals and Dominican-born individuals 
of Haitian ancestry, totaling up to 12 percent of national 
population.  Issues of documentation, residence and 
nationality of these individuals are extremely controversial 
- - to the extent that the current process of constitutional 
reform is likely to result in changes intended to bar these 
individuals from Dominican nationality. 
 
The Dominican authorities might be persuaded to accept a 
limited number of Cuban migrants -- probably far fewer than 
the 1,000 mentioned in reftel query.  Given the historical 
ties between the Dominican Republic and Cuba, as well as the 
desire of the Fernandez administration to position itself as 
friendly both to the USG and to the government of Cuba, the 
country team expects that the authorities would not exercise 
any control over any migrants accepted temporarily into the 
country. 
 
d)  The death of Fidel Castro would not change Dominican 
consideratiuons. 
 
e)  An approach to the Dominicans on this subject would not 
be successful.  The Dominican authorities would strongly and 
publicly reject any suggestion to accept Haitian migrants. 
Concerning Cuban migrants they would be likely to make no 
reply unless pressed repeatedly; the initiative would 
certainly be leaked promptly to the press and would become an 
issue of controversy. 
 
f), g), h)  not applicable. 
HERTELL