Dominican Republic to limit immigrants' hospital access amid tensions with Haiti

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SANTO DOMINGO, Nov 4 (Reuters) - The Dominican Republic plans to bounds entree to nationalist hospitals for amerciable immigrants and reappraisal the visa presumption of students from neighboring Haiti, wherever authorities are struggling to tackle societal unrest.

Haiti has been roiled by a question of kidnappings and substance shortages that person resulted from gangs blocking entree to substance terminals, issues that Dominican President Luis Abinader said connected Monday that countries including the United States should code "with urgency".

Late connected Wednesday, his Interior Minister Jesus Antonio Vasquez said the state would reappraisal the migration presumption of overseas citizens and conscionable with backstage employers to sermon the hiring of foreigners.

Adding that the concern successful Haiti "puts further unit connected our wellness budget," Vasquez told reporters that authorities would besides bounds amerciable immigrants' entree to hospitals crossed the country.

Haiti's Foreign Minister Claude Joseph did not instantly respond to a Reuters petition for comment. He had said via Twitter pursuing Abinader's remarks that the 2 countries should enactment unneurotic to trim transgression connected the land of Hispaniola that they share.

Pastor La Rosa, caput of the federation of professors of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, wherever hundreds of Haitian students study, criticized the visa presumption review.

"It's an unnecessary retaliation that punishes a assemblage that doesn't perpetrate crimes," helium said.

Abinader and Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry discussed bilateral relations by telephone connected Wednesday, according to media reports.

The 2 nations person a agelong past of governmental and migratory conflict.

Anti-immigrant sentiment has tally precocious for years successful the Dominican Republic, which depends connected Haitian laborers to tally its agriculture industry, and Haitians often study favoritism and persecution there.

Haitian commerce relies successful portion connected products imported from the Dominican Republic to proviso user goods.

Reporting by Ezequiel Abiu Lopez; editing by John Stonestreet

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