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A call for an extension until December of the Normalization Plan

SANTO DOMINGO. A commission which identified itself as the representative of 18 organizations which bring together Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent requested yesterday that the government extend at least until December the National Plan of Normalization of Foreigners who are in an irregular immigration status.

Roudy Joseph, who served as the spokesman during a press conference, said that the inefficiency of the Haitian authorities to develop the Identification and Documentation Program of Haitians in the Dominican Republic (PIDIH) has kept thousands of undocumented persons from being able to apply to the Normalization Plan.

He reported that their worries were presented to the new Haitian ambassador Daniel Suplice, who was supposed to be at the press conference but did not attend.

“We are clear on the fact that a large part of the responsibility for the failure of the Normalization Plan has been on the part of the Haitian authorities,” said Joseph.

He said that the Haitian government should make a formal request for an extension to the Dominican government and he argued for collaboration between the countries.

The Dominican authorities have reiterated in saying that there will be no extension for the Normalization Plan, whose registration process comes to an end on 17 June, and they have accepted some 270,000 persons.

After that date, they have announced the repatriation of those who have not been normalized.

In statements given to the Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste, ambassador Suplice said that the PIDIH “is a failure,” and he reported that his government is seeking an expansion of the National Plan of Normalization of Foreigners.

Last Tuesday, Chancellor Andres Navarro reiterated that the country will not grant an extension, and he said that he felt that the execution of the process has been “transparent” and “without precedent.”

During yesterday’s press conference, the organizations complained that in spite of the fact that the authorities had announced the end of deportations until the Normalization Plan came to an end, in Barahona they are taking place.

“All the people that they feel are Haitians (they are deporting), they also deporting Dominicans of Haitian parentage,” said Juan Candy, of the Center for Social Work.

Last Monday, the Minister of Interior and Police, Ramon (Monchy) Fadul rejected the possibility of an extension for the Plan which began in June 2014.

He recalled that there is a 45 day window for completing the documents, and when they come to an end they will proceed to apply the immigration policy to those who have not come under Law 169 – 14.

He reported that they have registered 270,000 foreigners, of 23 nationalities.

The Minister of the Interior assured reporters that the Government will not carry out a witch hunt, but rather they will “do everything in order,” with “respect.”

Source: DiarioLibre

May 14, 2015

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