The Dominican Republic is sending reinforcements to its border amid concern about instability in neighboring Haiti.
Army Commanding General Eugenio Matos says 600 more troops will be sent to the border to prevent illegal crossings between the countries that share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.
Matos said Monday that the soldiers will focus on trying to capture human smugglers who operate along the notoriously porous 350-kilometer border.
The Dominican Republic has more than 22,000 troops along the border. It has been increasing the force since December. That is due in part to fears that a political standoff over stalled legislative and local elections in Haiti will spark unrest there and a possible surge of migration. Officials say there’s been no sign of any surge yet.