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Mass legalization would violate Migration Law

Lawyer Juan Miguel Castillo Pantaleon of the Dominican Committee for International Solidarity with Haiti says it would be illegal for the government to issue provisional residency to Haitians who have not met the requirements under the National Foreigner Legalization Plan. The main reason why the requirements have not been met is that the government of Haiti has not issued identity documents for its nationals. In Haiti most people do not have identity documents.

Castillo Pantaleon said that Art. 151 of Immigration Law 285-04 specifically bans mass regularizations and says that each process is individual or by family.

“If a mass legalization procedure is applied, this would be an amnesty and not a status regularization,” he said. He said that the National Foreigner Legalization Plan has already violated the law by prohibiting deportations and had violated the Constitution. He said that if the Ministry of Interior and Police goes on to allow two-year provisional residency for Haitians to complete the procedure, it would set a negative precedent.

The Ministry of Interior and Police says that only 2% of the 207,425 people who have registered have met the requirements. A total of 4,149 applicants will be legalized because they have met the National Foreigner Legalization Plan requirements of submitting an identity document from their country of origin and proof of residence in the Dominican Republic.

The plan expires on 16 June 2015.

Source: DR1, Elnacional

May 20, 2015

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