Haitians returning to Haiti voluntarily
Several Haitian families are reported to have returned home to Haiti on a voluntary basis, just days before the National Foreigner Legalization Plan comes to its conclusion, tomorrow, Wednesday 17 June 2015, as reported in Listin Diario.
Trucks laden with appliances and other household goods were seen leaving several areas in the northwest of the country as well as from neighborhoods in Santiago such as
Hatillo Palma, Laguna Salada, Pueblo Nuevo and other parts of the provinces of Montecristi and Valverde. Some Haitians told reporters that they had tried to register under the plan, but with no success, and they did not want to live in hiding in a country where they felt they did not belong, so they had decided to leave before they were deported. Most Haitians blame the inaction of Haitian authorities and delays in delivering essential documentation like birth certificates and identity cards.
At the same time the newspaper reported there were long lines outside the Santiago center for the plan that offered fast-tracked free status regularization for foreigners.
Security was stepped up with additional police agents to prevent any incidents at the deadline.
Migration Director Major General Ruben Dario Paulino Sem was in Dajabon on the border to supervise the place where the Haitian deportees will be taken. He inspected the air-conditioned center that also has medical facilities in the Beller Military Fort where the Army Tenth Battalion of Infantry is based. The reception center has bedrooms, living and dining areas and bathrooms and is surrounded by a security fence. He said that there were another six reception centers for undocumented immigrants where they would be taken prior to deportation and they were all ready to receive people.
Source: DR1, Listindiario
June 16, 2015
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