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Legalization: Turmoil in the waiting lines

SANTIAGO. Among the pushing and the shoving hundreds of immigrants in the majority Haitians, attended yesterday the office of the Provincial Governor in Santiago with the objective of normalizing their immigration status in the Dominican Republic, through the National Plan of Normalization of Foreigners.

The immigrants, who complained of the slowness with which the employees in the office of the Ministry of Interior and Police were working, inundated the streets and sidewalks in order to obtain an entry pass, which made traffic difficult on one of the most heavily traveled streets in the city, such as Calle del Sol, where the offices of the plan are located.

“This is the third time that I come to hand in my papers and still I have not been able to be registered,” related a Haitian who identified himself as Samuel Lukner Zamor.

Samir Santos, the director of the National Plan of Normalization, said that one of the causes which has appeared and contributes to the agglomeration of foreigners in the different centers of the country is a large number of persons that are appearing to present the documentation. “The priority are the persons that come for the first time. If you ask you will see that between 50 and 60% of those that are in the line come to deposit documents,” he said.

In the center located at the headquarters of the Ministry of Interior and Police, in Santo Domingo, there were several incidents which occurred which cause the use of tear gas against the Haitians that were on the lines, in addition to the arrest of at least one person for disturbing the peace.

Source: DiarioLibre

June 15, 2015

More info: Haitians Scramble for Legal Residency in Dominican Republic

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