Haitian-Dominicans demand end to racial discrimination in deportations
Santo Domingo.- The Haitian-Dominican organization Reconoci.do on Thursday said recent developments following the Dominican government´s repatriations of undocumented Haitians is cause for deep concern.
“During this process there have been cases where Dominican nationals have been arbitrarily detained while presenting their identity documents, and taken to holding centers for immigrants to be vetted in order to send them to Haiti,” the organization said in an emailed statement.
It said in just one day there were several cases of people accompanied by Reconoci.do where authorities were reluctant to accept identity documents. “That creates in us concern and we ask the question, where they the only cases, or only those who are able to detect in time?”
The organization said there were three cases in the last two months including one with youngsters from La Roman that “constitute an modus operandi perpetrated by the Dominican State as racial discrimination, since they were detained because of the color of their skin and the immigration officials´ phenotypic criteria that they ´look Haitian´ to question their documentation as Dominicans and their regularized status.”
“There is a presumption of forgery of Dominicans documents by immigration officials or by those who applied for naturalization against anyone who looks Haitian,” Reconoci.do said.
Sep 17, 2015
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