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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Message to the Senate -- The Extradition Treaty Between the United States of America and the Government of the Dominican Republic


With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to ratification, I transmit herewith the Extradition Treaty between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Dominican Republic (the "Treaty"), signed at Santo Domingo on January 12, 2015.  I also transmit, for the information of the Senate, the report of the Department of State with respect to the Treaty.

The Treaty would replace the extradition treaty between the United States and the Dominican Republic, signed at Santo Domingo on June 19, 1909.  The Treaty follows generally the form and content of other extradition treaties recently concluded by the United States.  It would replace an outmoded list of extraditable offenses with a modern "dual criminality" approach, which would enable extradition for such offenses as money laundering and other newer offenses not appearing on the list.  The Treaty also contains a modernized "political offense" clause and provides that extradition shall not be refused based on the nationality of the person sought.  Finally, the Treaty incorporates a series of procedural improvements to streamline and speed the extradition process.

I recommend that the Senate give early and favorable consideration to the Treaty, and give its advice and consent to ratification.