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51 Florida Groups and Leaders Ask Hillary Clinton Meeting and Views on Urgent Haiti Issues

October 20, 2016 27 Florida-based organizations and 24 other prominent Floridians have written Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton asking her to promptly inform them of her positions on crucial issues of concern to the Haitian American community, a key electorate, and for a meeting regarding these issues. Noting that “Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti, affecting two million Haitians; stranding hundreds of thousands; killing at least 1,000; obliterating tens of thousands of homes; destroying and inundating towns, livestock, crops, and livelihoods; and causing a surge in cholera cases,” they ask Secretary Clinton “to promptly inform of us of your views on the following concerns, which are of great importance to the Haitian-American community.” In successive sections, the letter describes policy needs and “asks,” all made more urgent by Matthew’s devastation, regarding the needs for U.S. leadership to eradicate Haiti’s cholera epidemic […]

Dominican boxer fights for Dominicans of Haitian Descent

Adonis Peguero was born in the Dominican Republic, but is no longer considered a Dominican citizen, due to the DR’s recent immigration policy enforcement. Peguero is using his athletic prowess in the ring to advocate for Dominicans of Haitian descent, and the 300,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent who have been rendered stateless. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Boxer Adonis Peguero Fights For Dominicans Of Haitian Descent Ken Shulman, WBUR 90.9 October 8, 2016   They say that poverty makes the fighter. But not too many fighters come from a place as poor as Guanuma. A hamlet on the northern fringe of Santo Domingo, the Dominican Capital, Guanuma used to be a sugar town. Half the people who live here are Haitian migrants who came to cut cane. But the nearby plantations have all […]

Congresswoman Wilson Comments on DR Denationalization Anniversary

For Immediate Release                                               For More Information Contact: September 23, 2016                                                       Joyce Jones, Communications Director 202.225.4506 (office) 202.578.0634 (mobile)   Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson on the Third Anniversary of the Dominican Constitutional Court’s Decision to strip Citizenship from Dominicans of Foreign Descent Today marks the third anniversary of the Dominican Constitutional Court’s decision to strip the hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of foreign descent of their citizenship, the majority of whom are of Haitian descent. They are also being denied the legal rights and protections to which they were previously entitled. The court’s decision has created a devastating human rights crisis and an unprecedented level of statelessness. It is particularly devastating for children who can no longer attend school or seek medical care. According to a report from the International Organization for Migration, more than 100,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent […]

Thousands Cross Border into Haiti, Including 905 Unaccompanied Minors

In response to the National Regularization Plan, 48,808 repatriates from the Dominican Republic, including 905 unaccompanied minors, have been recorded returning to Haiti from January to August 2016. Some of those arriving have been deported by Dominican authorities, and some have come “voluntarily” to escape violence and eventual deportation. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. 905 unaccompanied minors among 48K returned from Dominican Republic M NH, Haiti Sentinel September 9, 2016 BELLADERE, Centre, HT ( – For 2016, 48,808 repatriates from the Dominican Republic, including 905 unaccompanied minors, were recorded returning to the country by the the Support Group for Refugees and Repatriated Persons (GARR). From January to August 2016, the Dominican authorities have deported 21,384 persons, presumably Haitian nationals, from their territory. During the same period 26,704 have come to Haiti from the Dominican […]

How U.S. Government is Complicit in DR Citizenship Crisis

While the Obama administration has criticized Donald Trump’s threats to deport undocumented immigrants, it has allowed the Dominican Republic (DR) to not only do that but also to deport people who were considered Dominican citizens as recently as 2013! In a 2013 court ruling in DR, citizenship was officially stripped from anyone who did not have at least one DR-born parent (all the way back to 1929). This left an estimated 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent stateless. The US, however, continues to provide military aid to DR though DR’s military is often involved in deportations. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Click HERE to learn more about the citizenship issue. Inquirer editorial: Dominican Haitians are people without a country Editorial, Philadelphia Inquirer August 9, 2016 President Obama has been very critical of Republican presidential candidate […]

Une existence menacé pour les Haïtiens au RD

La loi dominicaine, crée en 2013 et visant aux étrangers dans le pays, spécifiquement les haïtiens, ont eu le résultat des expulsions en masse. De juin 2015 à mai 2016, 106,000 haïtiens ont été expulsé ou ont quitté, maintenant beaucoup d’autres sont menacés avec cette possibilité. Une part de l’article est ci-dessous. Cliquez ICI pour le texte complet. Plus de 130,000 Haïtiens menacés d’expulsion de République dominicaine FranceTV le 21 juin 2016 En un an, de juin 2015 à mai 2016, 106.000 Haïtiens ont déjà été expulsés ou ont quitté la République dominicaine. Les relations entre deux pays qui se partagent l’île caribéenne d’Hispaniola ont toujours été difficiles, envenimées par l’immigration illégale d’Haïtiens en République dominicaine.Face au tollé provoqué par une décision de la Haute cour de justice dominicaine qui, fin 2013, a retiré la nationalité dominicaine aux citoyens d’origine étrangère nés après […]

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