Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

Immigration Reform Can’t Just Focus on Immigration Policies

This article discusses anti-Haitian sentiment in the Dominican Republic, Bahamas, and United States and how that has affected their immigration policies for Haitians and descendants of Haitians. The author also discusses some of the policies that would need to be changed in order to reform these immigration policies, such as the cheap labor policies that bring thousands of Haitian immigrants to both DR and the Bahamas.

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Dominican Republic isn’t the only country with anti-Haitian policies

Nathalie Baptiste, Latin Correspondent
February 23, 2015

Brazil Haiti Immigrants

On January 27, Amnesty International reported that 51 people had been illegally deported from the Dominican Republic to Haiti. Of those 51, 30 were Dominican-born children.

This mass deportation is part of an ongoing effort by the Dominican government to purge its soil of Haitians and their descendants — regardless of the fact that many of them were born and raised in the Dominican Republic and have absolutely no ties to Haiti.

The Dominican Republic is not alone in its anti-Haitian policies. The governments of the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos have also put forth new policies that discriminate against immigrants from Haiti and those of Haitian descent. Even Brazil, Canada and the United States have policies that routinely place Haitians and their children at risk of deportation.


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