Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Dominican Republic looking to deport citizens of Haitian descent

While the world is worried about Rachel Dolezal or how much money Jurassic World is making, a plot to deport darker skinned people of Haitian descent from the Dominican Republic has been unfolding. Those in danger of being deported include those born in the Dominican Republic but stripped of their citizenship by a 2013 ruling from the Dominican Republic Constitutional Court ruled.

Hundreds of thousands of Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent faced the risk of deportation from the Dominican Republic on Wednesday as a deadline for enforcement of a new immigration law approached.

Dominican officials say anyone lacking identity documents or who has not registered for a so-called "regularization" program before the Wednesday night deadline could face deportation.

The Dominican government says the changes to its nationality and immigration laws aim to tackle illegal migration from neighboring Haiti. Human rights groups say the move is rooted in longstanding racism and xenophobia in the Dominican Republic towards darker-skinned Haitians.

Read more: Haitians In Dominican Republic Fear Deportation As Deadline Looms

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