A new border wall threatens fragile mangroves in the Dominican Republic

(Video by John Leos/Cronkite Borderlands Project)

DAJABÓN, Dominican Republic – In 2021, Dominican President Luis Abinader announced the construction of a border wall between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. On an island with limited natural resources, immigration actions, like the wall, have resulted in environmental destruction for fragile protected areas along the country’s border.

Cronkite Borderlands Project is a multimedia reporting program in which students cover human rights, immigration and border issues in the U.S. and abroad in both English and Spanish.