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Dominican Republic to limit immigrants' hospital access


The Dominican Republic plans to limit access to public hospitals for illegal immigrants and review the visa status of students from neighboring Haiti, where authorities are struggling to tackle social unrest.


Late on Wednesday, his Interior Minister Jesus Antonio Vasquez said the country would review the immigration status of foreign citizens and meet with private employers to discuss the hiring of foreigners.


Adding that the situation in Haiti "puts additional pressure on our health budget," Vasquez told reporters that authorities would also limit illegal immigrants' access to hospitals across the country.


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


The two nations have a long history of political and migratory conflict.



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