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Massachusetts Senator Forry Speaks Out Against DR Deportations

The Dominican Republic recently announced a decision to begin deporting those of foreign ancestry who failed to meet a June 17th registration deadline. While the international human rights community has been speaking out about this decision, international governments have yet to respond. Massachusetts Senator Linda Dorcena Forry adds her voice to the growing cry for justice and solidarity with those facing deportation.

Part of the statement is below. Click HERE for the pdf.

June 25, 2015

Senator Forry Statement on Human Rights Violations in the Dominican Republic

“I am deeply disappointed and dismayed that the government of the Dominican Republic is once again pursuing the large-scale expulsion of people of Haitian descent.

The prospect of large-volume deportations is troubling given the historic mistreatment of fellow Dominicans of Haitian ancestry. In addition to disrupting the lives of tens of thousands of hard-working people in the Dominican Republic, it could create hardship for many more in Haiti, which is not well-equipped to handle the influx of a large volume of people along its border. The potential for a humanitarian crisis is real and a responsible, compassionate government would pause and choose another course.

That is precisely what I call on the leaders of the Dominican Republic to do. The Dominican Republic should revers course in its policy and make a clear statement that it will not single out Dominicans of Haitian descent for this sort of treatment.

It is time for us to send a collective and clear message that we expect the DR to treat its citizens with respect. The people of the Haitian diaspora here in the United States — and our allies — can and should take immediate action:

Click HERE for the full text.

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