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Fear of mass deportations is unfounded

MADRID, SPAIN. A few hours from the deadline established for the National Plan of Normalization, the Chancellor of the Dominican Republic, Andres Navarro, said that the fears that there could be massive deportations of Haitians who are here illegally residing in Dominican territory are unfounded.

“There has been a poor reading of the situation. What ends on 16 June is the registration of persons in the Normalization Plan. This is the only thing that is going to happen. On the 17th the deportations do not start because it is established in the plan that after the close of registration, there is a 45 day timeframe so that for those persons to complied with all the requisites a definitive document can be prepared, and a provisional document for those who have documents pending for presentation.”

He insisted that during these 45 days there will be no massive deportations for the following reason: “If they do carry out deportations the great percentage of the deportees would be precisely those who have been registered, who are those who are walking in the streets, who are going to a job, who are going to their work; they are the ones who are susceptible to be grabbed walking in the streets, because they are the ones who are not hiding.”

The Minister of Foreign Relations feels that it would be a step backward for all of the plan that those that entered it would be those who suffered from it, so that the month and a half following the expiration of the deadline will be exclusively for the delivery of the documentations.

Protocol for deportation

Starting at 45 days, they would then begin the protocol of deportation in an orderly fashion, which is to say that it would not be done in a massive manner; there would be no extraordinary efforts to pursue people and get them out of the country. The procedure for deportation contains schedules and days of operation, and coordination with the Haitian government for the delivery of these persons.

“These are not bags of cement that we are going to take to the frontier; these are persons who have to be delivered to someone, to an authority, and at all the time for individual cases, which is another indication that there will not be any mass deportations.”

As part of the procedure of deportation, Navarro explained that when a person is arrested they are going to create a case file, which will include biometric information which will be delivered to the Haitian authorities.

Navarro feels that the preparation of case files is something positive because it will allow them to know which deportee returned it legally to the country, and because it will be delivered to the Haitian government and form part of a database of registration of people who have nothing to identify themselves.

He reported that they have already been coordinating with the Haitian government concerning two points for the delivery of their citizens who might be deported, and they are going to request that the number be increased to four, in order to occupy the points of entry and exit that are most important, so that a person arrested in Pedernales doesn’t have to be taken to Jimani, with all the inconveniences that this implies.

Chancellor Navarro is satisfied that they are observing an attitude by the Haitian government to accept responsibilities, since they are preparing reception centers and it is known that they are considering programs for reinsertion in Haiti of their citizens that might be deported, giving them privileges with regard to job offers.

“What we have seen in the Haitian government is an attitude of collaboration, and just last week in Brussels within the framework of the European Union Summit – CELAC there was a meeting of Cariforum, and there President Martelly and his Chancellor expressed to the member countries that they have been working in all of this process in coordination with the Dominican government.”

Chancellor Navarro headed in Madrid a meeting with the Dominican diaspora in order to coordinate the creation of the Institute of the Overseas Dominican (INDEX).

Source: DiarioLibre

June 15, 2015

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