The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service deported 56 former Dominican convicts to the country on Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic, after serving prison terms in that nation.
The aircraft that transferred the Dominicans arrived at the previous Las Américas Airport in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where they left another group of people, the number of which was not disclosed by the authorities.
With these 56 Dominicans returned, the number of creoles repatriated this year rises to 488, after having served sentences for drug trafficking, homicides, money laundering, sexual abuse and fights.
The group was received by officials from the General Directorate of Migration and security at the airport, agents from the CESAC Specialized Airport Security Corps and the Dominican Airports XXI consortium (Aerodom).
Upon arrival they underwent medical check-ups and the taking of body temperature to establish if they had symptoms of Covid-19.
They were then transferred to an isolation center where they will have to serve a 14-day quarantine, as a sanitary control measure established by the Ministry of Public Health.
In 2019, the immigration and customs authorities of the United States repatriated 2,215 Dominicans after having served sentences in that nation.
The deportations of Dominicans who have served sentences in United States prisons, for different criminal offenses, occur through extradition agreements signed by the government of the Dominican Republic and the United States.
From the terminal, the 56 ex-convicts were put on two buses of the General Directorate of Migration in which they were transferred to an isolation center in Boca Chica, where they will have to serve 14 days of quarantine.