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Looming Deportations Strain Relationships in DR

Last month, Dominican Republic (DR) authorities threatened to start deporting those who failed to meet a June 17th registration deadline. This decision has strained ties between many Dominicans and people of Haitian descent within DR, many of whom coexisted for generations and have become close friends. The article compares this conflict with the issues many countries worldwide are having with their own immigration laws and how to enforce them without trampling migrants’ rights. However, one must remember that many at risk of deportation in DR were there legally for decades before DR passed a law that retroactively denied their citizenship all the way back to 1929. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Dominican Plan to Expel Haitians Tests Close Ties Azam Ahmed & Sandra E. Garcia, The New York Times July 4, 2015 SABANETA, Dominican Republic […]

DR Citizenship Plan Still Leaves Thousands Stateless

Although the Dominican Republic now has a plan to counteract the problems caused by their September 2013 Constitutional Court ruling, hundreds of thousands will still have an uncertain future in DR. The plan for eventual citizenship includes many steps that simply aren’t feasible for informal workers. Human rights advocates continue to fight for a more just handling of immigrants and their descendants in DR. Who’s A Citizen? The Question Dividing The Island Of Hispaniola Sarah Tilotta, WGBH News August 16, 2014 Anderson Desir, 9, shares a dream with many boys his age in the Dominican Republic: He wants to grow up and play baseball in la liga grande, otherwise known as American Major League Baseball. But there’s an important difference between Anderson and the 80 Dominican kids from his summer baseball league in San Pedro de Macoris: Anderson is Haitian. […]

Yet Another Postponement of Haiti-DR Talks

Talks between Haiti and Dominican Republic, which include discussion of the controversial immigration ruling, have been postponed a second time. Originally, the next meeting was set for March 20. Now, it is postponed until May 6. Haiti and Dominican Republic Postpone Talks Until May Alexander Britell, Caribbean Journal April 9, 2014 Haiti and the Dominican Republic have postponed their high-level talks for a second time, Caribbean Journal has learned. The talks, which were originally slated to take place on April 8 in Jacmel, are now scheduled for May 6, according to a source familiar with the talks. The April 8 meeting was itself a postponement from an originally planned date of March 20. At the time, Dominican Republic Minister of the Presidency Gustavo Montalvo, who is leading the Dominican delegation in the talks, said both sides had requested that the deadline […]

Cuban Migrants Allowed in U.S…What about Haitians?

Since Haiti’s January 12, 2010 earthquake, the Obama administration has been urged to expedite entry of at least some of the 106,000 DHS-approved Haitian beneficiaries of immigrant visa petitions on wait lists of up to more than twelve (12) years in Haiti, where conditions remain dire. Sixteen editorials by ten of the nation’s major editorial boards, 100 members of Congress from both parties and chambers; the ABA, NAACP, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick; the New York and Philadelphia city councils and over 6,000 petitioners are among the major supporters for the President to act–as he can by a simple instruction to DHS to bring some of these people in now, and as his representatives promised Haitian American community leaders he would do during his 2012 re-election campaign. It hasn’t happened. Will the President, as the four […]

Haitians Plan to Fight Dominican Court Ruling

Haitians are outraged by the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court’s recent decision that strips Dominican-born Haitians of citizenship.  Many believe the ruling was influenced by racism–a desire to “whiten” the population of DR–and plan to fight back. Haiti recalls envoy, activists plan protests over Dominican court decision Ezra Fieser and Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald October 1, 2013 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Dominican human rights activists Tuesday announced planned demonstrations across the country in coming days to protest a court ruling that effectively strips citizenship rights from Dominican-born children of Haitian immigrants. The announcement came as Haiti recalled its ambassador to the country for consultation on what Foreign Minister Pierre-Richard Casimir called a worrying decision by Dominican authorities on the fate of up to 300,000 people born in the country since 1929, most of whom are descendants of Haitians. The ruling from the […]

Congressman Hastings Responds to Decision to Grant TPS for Nicaraguans, Hondurans and Salvadorans, But Not Haitians (press release)

.S. Representative Alcee L. Hastings Responds to President Bush’s decision to Extend TPS for Nicaraguans, Hondurans and Salvadorans –but NOT Haitians “The continuation of unfair and discriminatory immigration policies toward Haitians has not allowed Haiti to obtain the sense of normalcy that its Central American counterparts are being given the opportunity to achieve.” FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE�� ������� ������� ������� Contact: David Goldenberg May 3, 2007���� ������� ������� ������� ������� ������� ������� Office: (202) 225-1313 ������� ������� ������� ������� ������� ������� ������� ������� Cell: (202) 731-6839 � Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Alcee L. Hastings (D-Miramar) today wrote to President Bush in response to the President’s decision to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaraguans, Hondurans and Salvadorans but not Haitians currently in the United States.� Representative Hastings is a leader in the fight to end double-standard immigration practices as they […]

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