Opposing Deportations from the Dominican Republic

Dominican American protesting against controversial DR immigration policy. Photo by Carlotta Mohamed via Haitian Times)

Dominican American protesting against controversial DR immigration policy. Photo by Carlotta Mohamed via Haitian Times)

The prospect of mass deportations of Dominico-Haitians from the Dominican Republic continues to draw attention and concern in communities in New York. On the evening of Wednesday, June 24, a “special mass of solidarity and unity” for the Haitian and Dominican communities here and in the Caribbean will be held at 7:30 p.m., at St. James Cathedral Basilica, Jay Street north of Tillary Street, in Downtown Brooklyn, reports Francesca Norsen Tate in Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has called together the Dominican and Haitian communities in a Mass of Peace and Solidarity with those who are being deported to Haiti.  Some of the Haitians who are being deported were born in the Dominican Republic, and the two nations share one Caribbean island. “We will pray for a change of heart on the part of the Dominican government in this humanitarian crisis,” said DiMarzio.

And, reports Carlotta Mohamed in The Haitian Times, on June 20 Dominicans in the Bronx staged a protest against mass deportations under the banner “Black Lives Matter En La Republica Dominicana.” The protesters urged people to put pressure on the Dominican government to reverse its position in denying citizenship to about 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent. Rocio Silverio from the “We are Dominican” organization was in attendance.

“We’re asking people to put pressure on the Dominican government to adhere to international laws and their own laws, because they’re violating their own constitution,” said Silverio.

We understand what it is like to be immigrants facing marginalization and oppression within a nation state, Silverio added. We are standing in solidarity for those fighting for their rights in the Dominican Republic.

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