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Haitian ambassador in DR says Haiti failed its nationals

In an interview with LeNouvelliste, Haitian Ambassador in Santo Domingo, Daniel Supplice, admitted that his country did not help thousands of illegal residents in the Dominican Republic Haitian immigrants to register with the National Plan for the Legalization of Foreigners (PNRE). There was a failure of the Haitian authorities to sufficiently implement programs and procedures to provide documentation of immigrants that were needed by the Dominican authorities to process immigration cases. The Dominican government gave foreigners 18 months to regularize their migratory status.

“If we fail to identify our citizens at home, I do not see how we could have done so abroad,” Supplice said in an interview with Le Nouvelliste, the Haitian newspaper published on Saturday, 4 July 2015 in Haiti. In Haiti more than half of the population is undocumented.

“We are responsible for what is happening today with our compatriots,” admitted the ambassador.

In July 2014, the government of Haiti launched the Program to Identify Haitian Immigrants (Pidih), an effort that would be focused in countries where there are significant numbers of Haitian immigrants. Very few Haitians, nevertheless, were able to obtain their basic documents.

Although Haiti had set a goal to assist 200,000 people in the program, only 52,000 undocumented Haitians living in the Dominican Republic reportedly were enrolled in the PIDIH. Of those enrolled, only 2,000 people received a passport and another 15,000 persons were provided with a special national identification card following an agreement with the Dominican government.

Given the failure of the Haitian identification system, the Haitian ambassador to the Dominican Republic Supplice had contacted the Dominican Minister of the Presidency Gustavo Montalvo to propose developing a program that would allow many Haitians to register in time for the regularization plan. The Dominican government embraced the outreach efforts of the ambassador. Supplice said that in the ten days prior to the expiration of PNRE on 17 June 2015, some 30,000 Haitians were able to enroll in the program through a special identification document presented by the Dominican authorities.

Source: DR1, Listindiario

July 7, 2015

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