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Why won’t the US speak out about DR deportations?

When the Dominican Republic (DR) government announced that it would begin deporting those who didn’t meet a June 17th deadline, the human rights community and a few US officials expressed their outrage. Though many fear that this could become a humanitarian crisis, international governments have yet to take a stand on the issue. This article presents some ideas on why the US government in particular hasn’t made any statements, such as US funding of the Dominican military.

Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text.

US Military Aid Supports Anti-Haitian Deportations in the Dominican Republic

Laura Weiss, Truthout

June 25, 2015

People along the Massacre River in the Dominican Republic in November, 2014. (Tatiana Fernandez/The New York Times)

After the Dominican Republic stripped naturalized citizenship rights from residents with roots in Haiti, hundreds of thousands of its residents became essentially stateless. On June 15, the Dominican Republic gave them two days to produce documentation to register their immigration status under threat of deportation to Haiti. At least 200,000 were unable to make the deadline.

The Dominican Republic says it isn’t planning a “mass deportation,” but it is readying buses to shuttle Haitian-descendant Dominicans to newly opened detention centers. Over the weekend, at least 700 Haitian-Dominicans fled the chaos. The Dominican Republic says it will begin deportations in August.

The United States funds the Dominican military and provides millions of dollars in development and humanitarian aid. US Border Patrol agents monitor the Haitian-Dominican border. In the face of this gross human rights violation, the US should consider withholding some forms of aid to the Dominican Republic.

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