The Sunday Review

There are hundreds of children Have been expelled from Dominican Republic without their parentsAccording to to UNICEF in the midst of a broad government push to Removing suspected undocumented migrants is a good idea.

The United Nations Children’s Agency has received at least 1,800 unaccompanied children Delivered by Dominican immigration authorities into Haiti Since the beginning of the year, a spokesperson spoke to The Sunday Review on Monday.

Many arrive without Identification documents and are “shipped” into the country amid adult deportees, the spokesperson also said – raising the question of how Dominican Authorities confirmed that they belonged to Haiti All of them.

The back of the Dominican RepublicThe island of Hispaniola is shared by, Haiti, immigration detention centers sometimes hold parents without children.

“One woman had a diaper bag with her, but not the baby. [Immigration agents] had told her that she couldn’t carry her baby with her, and that they would bring it to the bus – but then they didn’t bring the baby to the bus,” Yoana Kuzmova is a researcher at Dominican Center for Migratory Observation and Social Development (Caraibe) is a think tank on migration policy.

The Dominican Republic Has been sought for a long time to The Haitian population must be reduced within its borders. Critics are expressing concern at the speed and breadth of this year’s latest wave deportations. to accuse the Caribbean nation’s government of racial profiling, chaotic execution, and a disregard for human rights and families as immigration agents hustle people out of the country.

The Embassy of the United States in the Dominican Republic Black and “darker-skinned Americans” They are at risk “increased interaction” With Dominican authorities during the immigration crackdown. The embassy issued a statement on Saturday. described “reports of the unequal treatment” Based on skin colour, US citizens account for approximately 5%.

But Dominican Republic President Luis Abinader has rejected Calls to Argument that the deportations should be stopped Dominican Republic Already supports neighboring Haiti More than any other country on the planet.

The Sunday Review is now out to The Dominican Republic’s migration institute for comment.

14.801 people were sent in October alone to Haiti The following are the Dominican RepublicAccording to to records by Haitian aid organization Groupe d’Appui des Rapatriés et Réfugiés – an average of 477 people each day.

Social media videos appearing to Show Dominican Haitians of Haitian heritage have panicked at the prospect of immigration officers conducting raids. Dominican RepublicEven legal residents tell The Sunday Review they are afraid to Please leave their homes.

Haiti’s Communications Ministry called on Its neighbor to Respect “human dignity” On Sunday, the “stunning images…that have drawn attention to inhumane and degrading treatment inflicted on Haitian citizens in the Dominican Republic.”

Some people have been taken advantage of by the immigration dragnet regardless of their background. their Nationality and legal status are determined by to Interviews with experts and former detainees by The Sunday Review. Also see the US embassy statement.

One Haitian man lives and works legally in The Dominican RepublicThe Sunday Review was told by a witness that immigration agents entered his home at night. They refused to leave. to Listen to His arguments.

“I was sleeping in my house with my family. At 3 a.m. (local time), a group of immigration officers broke down my door and arrested me. They did not ask me for my papers or anything; they did not let me speak,” According to one man of Haitian heritage, his legal work permit was about to be renewed when he was detained.

“They just grabbed me and took me away; I told them I had papers and they did not even listen,” He concluded.

He was kept in squalid conditions overnight and released the next morning.

The video he secretly recorded and shared with The Sunday Review showed a concrete structure with cramped stalls, blackened with waste and food, and a room without beds in which at least 15 men were held.

“They treat them like animals. Once they put them in jail, they leave them there to sleep on the floor without feeding them. They destroyed people’s documents and in some cases, people had no chance to show their papers,” Sam Guillaume, spokesperson GARR.

He said that several awards had been received by his organization. Dominican citizens in Haiti Who were wrongly seized and deported.

The Dominican Republic’s effort to It takes years to remove Haitians from the country.

In 2013, the country’s constitutional court controversially ruled that Dominicans born in the country to Undocumented parents Should be taken out their citizenship – rendering tens of thousands of people stateless, with no other country to Call home.

Commonly known as “La Sentencia” Or the Sentence “created a situation of statelessness of a magnitude never before seen in the Americas,” According to The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Many Haitian migrants are now in the Dominican Republic Rely on short-term residence permits to Legally remain in the country by a “regularization plan.” Kuzmova the legal researcher says that she does not hear. “over and over” They could be deported They wait to You can renew your permits.

“When it comes to Haitian migrants, the residence permit is valid for a year, and they take a year to renew it. So the reality is that if this person who is eligible for a permit gets picked up on the street, they’re not going to have a valid document on them,” She said.

“What people are saying is that when you get picked up with an expired card, they destroy it. And that was basically the proof that you had of being in the regularization plan.”

Last week, a new presidential decree was issued to Establish a specialized law enforcement team to Combating squatting could also be used to Haitian-born people who live in sugar plantation villages that are now known as bateyes, which once Many migrant workers came from this area.

“The people living there now are largely retired old people who worked on the plantations, and they don’t have proof of title. So that could be another way to instrumentalize police to enforce deportations,” Kuzmova says.

As Haiti Efforts to The UN repeatedly calls for the UN to help recover from interlinked security and political crises. Dominican Republic to Stop sending people there.

“Unremitting armed violence and systematic human rights violations in Haiti do not currently allow for the safe, dignified and sustainable return of Haitians to the country. I reiterate my call to all countries in the region, including the Dominican Republic, to halt the deportation of Haitians,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk earlier this month.

Two days later, Dominican Republic President Luis Abinader responded with derision, describing Turk’s statement as “unacceptable and irresponsible” – and saying he would instead accelerate deportations.