Interview: Lives on Hold for the Dominican Republic’s Haitian Minority | Human Rights Watch

Rapadoo Observateur

Two kinds of stories stood out. First were the stories of the people who were completely outraged because of the bias experienced in the deportation process, the complete lack of due process – people who had been loaded onto a truck and carried off to a deportation holding center without being asked for documents. Sometimes family rushed to help them before they were forced over the border, but in other cases, and other times people were forced across the border.

I remember talking to Cecilia and Andres, for example, who were on a truckload of people coming back from a funeral when police officers  grabbed the whole truck and took them to one of the border deportation towns. Just like that. They only made it back because a local government official intervened. The truck was his and he didn’t want to lose it.

But for me, a lot of the…

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