Monday, January 20, 2014

Dominican Republic to halt racist deportations of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitians for one year in exchange for reopening trade

Santo Domingo, Jan 17 (Prensa Latina) The head of state of Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, banned the mass deportations of Haitian nationals from this country, stated today the Minister of the Presidency, Gustavo Montalvo.

According to the minister, quoted by the media, that proceeding was suspended from a decree of regularization of immigrants.

Haitian rights organizations have repeatedly denounced the deportation of these people, most of them in inhumane and illegal conditions.

Moreover, the Minister of Interior and Police Jose Ramon Fadul said that the main problem to grant temporary visas to Haitian workers is their lack of documentation from the country of origin.

A week ago, the Dominican Foreign Ministry announced the enactment of such a document for foreigners with labor supply from a company duly registered in this country.

Such a step corresponds to the decision of the National Migration Board to declare high priority regularization of workers involved in domestic production.

The new document will be valid for up to one year, with one or multiple entries, depending on the length of contract.

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