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Massachusetts Senator Calls for Action in Deportations

In response to the deportation of Haitian migrants, State Senator Linda Forry has called for a boycott on vacations in the Dominican Republic. Senator Forry has asked for Haitian diaspora and allies to unite in order to send a clear and collective message to the Dominican government that the deportations will not be tolerated. She becomes another in a number of American officials to denounce the DR’s recent actions, including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

Senator Forry calls for diaspora and allies to act collectively to halt Dominican Republic deportations

Boston Haitian Reporter

State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry today issued a statement criticizing the government of the Dominican Republic for its plan to target undocumented Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent for possible deportation amid a building international outcry prompted by what many have termed a violation of international law and human rights.

Forry, a first generation Haitian-American and the only person of Haitian descent to hold state elected office in Massachusetts called for collective action among the Haitian diaspora living abroad to use their economic and political influence to halt the actions. Forry called on Haitian-Americans and their allies to suspend vacation plans in the Dominican Republic until the government there “changes course.”

“It is time for us to send a collective and clear message that we expect the Dominican Republic to treat its citizens with respect,” said Senator Forry, who represents Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park and South Boston in the Senate’s First Suffolk district. 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.”

Forry becomes the latest American leader to speak out loudly on the issue. Yesterday, Mayor Martin Walsh on Boston called it “disheartening and troubling to see a neighboring country target a minority group for exclusion.

“I urge Dominican leaders to reverse course and recognize the tremendous value of diversity and inclusion for any nation. We stand with the Haitian community in Boston and abroad.,” said Walsh.

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