Although official deportations of Haitians from the Dominican Republic have yet to begin, more than 14,000 have crossed the border in “voluntary deportations,” according to Haiti president Michel Martelly. With more deportations to follow in August, Haiti is already near its limit of those who can enter the country without presenting major problems.
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Dominican Deportations Reach Crisis Levels, Haitian President Says
Peter Granitz, NPR
June 29, 2015
ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:
Now a look at where things stand between the governments of Haiti and its neighbor, the Dominican Republic. The DR gave Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent a deadline earlier this month to prove their citizenship or be deported. Haiti says it’s already reached its limit. As Peter Granitz reports from Port-au-Prince, the diplomatic impasse has left many in Haiti confused.
PETER GRANITZ, BYLINE: Haitian President Michel Martelly says his government has taken in more than 14,000 people.
MICHEL MARTELLY: Of course, it’s already a crisis.
GRANITZ: The 14,000 figure cannot be verified, but it’s a number that, according to Martelly, is just about the upper limit of how many people the Haitian government can successfully welcome without major problems.
MARTELLY: We have not been told by the Dominicans how many people are coming. As a matter of fact, they are saying that they haven’t started yet. What we are getting are the people that were just coming to Haiti.
GRANITZ: Martelly says some of the people who are coming to Haiti at this point are doing so voluntarily, and the DR says it has not started formal expulsions. Martelly says its government will welcome its people with dignity and provide them with basic services.
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