Migration director calls for help to organize civil registry in Haiti
Migration director Jose Ricardo Taveras is urging international critics of Dominican efforts to regulate migration in the country to help Haitians get the documents that will lead to their legalization of their stay in the Dominican Republic.
“I do not know why there is so much concern about documenting Haitians in the Dominican Republic when there has never been talk of a project for a robust civil registry in Haiti,” he said. Taveras pointed out that one of the main problems with Haitian immigration is that the immigrants do not have any kind of official documentation. In Haiti most people do not have any official documentation and this leads to serious problems when they emigrate.
He acknowledged the financial difficulties and priorities that the Haitian government may have, while saying that instead of criticizing, international organizations should make positive contributions. He said that people abroad should become aware that the Dominican government and Dominican people have made the sacrifices they had to. The facilities enabled foreigners to legalize their status end on 15 June 2015. He said that never before had a government invested so much in regularizing foreigners. The government estimates that it has spent around RD$1 billion on the plan. Most undocumented foreigners in the Dominican Republic are originally from Haiti.
Taveras said that it would not be the Dominican government’s fault if foreigners have not regularized their status in the year they were given to do so. He said that the identification of citizens is a sovereign policy of each state.
He said that a bi-national treaty signed with Haiti establishes that the Dominican Republic cannot document Haitian citizens. He said the DR is only requiring a single identification document to start the process and then the Haitians will have two years to complete the process by presenting documents such as a passport.
El Dia newspaper’s editorial today, Monday 23 February 2015 highlights how the break down of a card laminating machine that costs less than US$2,000 has interrupted the issuing of IDs in Haiti, causing further delays in the foreigner regularization process in the Dominican Republic. The writer comments that Dominican companies have been willing to help their workers by paying for the documents, but Haiti has not issued them.
Source: DR1, DiarioLibre
February 23, 2015
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