Dominican Republic ramps up security with 100-mile Haitian border wall as gangs rampage

March 19, 2024

The Dominican Republic is trying to keep out the HaitiansHaitians who have tried to escape from the country to the neighboring Dominican Republic have been thwarted by a 12-foot, 100-mile-long wall. The Dominican Republic has ramped up border protections in recent weeks as unrest in Haiti escalates due to gang violence. Many have headed to the border with the Dominican Republic, but the country's President Luis Abinader warned international leaders that "either we fight together to save Haiti, or we will fight alone to protect the Dominican Republic." According to the United Nations' International Organization for Migration (IOM), the majority of displaced people in Haiti intend to stay, but three percent have tried to make their way into the Dominican Republic. READ MORE: Haiti residents forced to remove 'bodies in the streets' as gangs refuse to stop