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Haitian-Americans say "no" to new DR immigration law

Friday, July 03, 2015 - 01:25

Dozens march in New York to protest against a new Dominican law that could have hundreds of thousands of Haitian immigrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent deported. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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They're taking matters into their own hands. ... Raising their voices against a new Dominican immigration law. Dominican officials say they could potentially deport people lacking identity documents or who have not registered for a so-called "regularization" program. These protesters say it's violating human rights. (SOUNDBITE) (English) PETER LEBLANC, TEACHER, PROTESTER, SAYING: "The main point I want to put out is that this is not an anti-Dominican rally, it's anti-policy. And it is pro-Haiti." Dominican Republic's spokesman, Roberto Rodriguez Marchena, says no forcible deportations have happened. But defended the immigration law: (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR FOR DOMINICAN PRESIDENCY AND SPOKESMAN, ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ MARCHENA, SAYING: "No other country in the world has succeeded in such a short time regularising 70 percent of the foreigners living in the country without papers." Many undocumented migrants are taking no chances. Tens of thousands of Haitian migrants have streamed across the border into Haiti, saying they fear forcible deportation if they stayed. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RAFAEL RAMIREZ, STUDENT, DOMINICAN-AMERICAN, SAYING: "I think the ruling should be reversed. Plain and simple, the ruling should be reversed." These protesters say Haitian migrants deserve to say in the DR, where most originally came in search of a better life.

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Haitian-Americans say "no" to new DR immigration law

Friday, July 03, 2015 - 01:25