June 30, 2015, Massachusetts Senator Linda Dorcena Forry held a press conference on the State House steps to denounce the potential mass deportations from the Dominican Republic (DR). Senator Forry and several other political and community leaders expressed their disapproval of DR’s handling of the situation and their solidarity with the Haitian and Dominican communities. IJDH Executive Director Brian Concannon was also asked to speak, and this article includes a great quote from one of our legal fellows, Wesley Lainé.
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Coalition decries ‘humanitarian crisis'; calls for tourism boycott of DR
Charlie Dorf, Boston Haitian Reporter
July 1, 2015
Warning of a worsening humanitarian crisis, Haitian and Dominican community leaders in Boston joined forces with a multi-ethnic coalition of immigration advocates yesterday on the steps of the Massachusetts State House to denounce large-scale deportations of Dominicans of Haitian descent from the Dominican Republic. The denationalization situation has been escalating in the Dominican Republuc since 2013, when a constitutional court ruling retroactively eliminated birthright citizenship laws, leaving many Dominicans of Haitian descent, many of whom are second or third generation Dominican, stateless.
Surrounded by colleagues holding signs that read “Stop Humanitarian Crisis in Dominican Republic,” State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry began the press conference with a sharp rebuke of the the Dominican government’s policies and a statement of solidarity with both the Dominican and Haitian people.
“I stand here today with our allies, calling on the government of the Dominican Republic to end the humanitarian crisis which it has created. The prospect of large-volume deportations is troubling, especially given the historic mistreatment of fellow Dominicans of Haitian ancestry. In addition to disrupting the lives of hundreds of thousands of hardworking people in the Dominican Republic, it is also creating hardship for many more in Haiti, which is not well equipped to handle the influx of refugees along its borders,” said Forry.
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