Via Human Rights Watch, a June 30 post: Dominican Republic: Thousands at Risk of Expulsion to Haiti. Excerpt and then a comment:
Tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent remain in legal limbo, unable to exercise their basic rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The situation remains unresolved despite government efforts to remedy it.
The 43-page report, “We are Dominican: Arbitrary Deprivation of Nationality in the Dominican Republic,” documents hundreds of cases from 13 provinces around the country. Human Rights Watch found that Dominicans of Haitian descent are still unable to access basic civic functions such as registering children at birth, enrolling in school and college, participating in the formal economy, or travelling around the country without risk of expulsion.
“The Dominican Republic is denying tens of thousands of citizens their right to a nationality, and despite mixed messages, people are being detained and shoved over the border,” said José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch. “The government needs to immediately stop expelling Dominicans of Haitian descent, and guarantee them their rights.”
Human Rights Watch conducted research in the Dominican Republic between February and May of 2015, interviewing over 100 victims, community leaders, legal experts, government officials, and representatives of local human rights organizations.
Human Rights Watch documented over 60 cases in which Dominicans of Haitian descent were arbitrarily detained, and in some instances forcibly removed to Haiti, despite having proper Dominican documentation. Human Rights Watch also verified hundreds of cases in which Dominicans of Haitian descent are still unable to exercise full rights as Dominican citizens.
Just consider the public-health impact of a couple of hundred thousand men, women, and children, uprooted from their homes and dumped across the border into a country they don't even know...a country whose health system is already brutally crippled by earthquake, cholera, corruption, and the emigration of most of its health professionals.