Dominicans Of Haitian Descent Live In Fear Of Deportation
Ever since the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court narrowed the definition of citizenship back in September, causing an international outcry, many Dominicans of Haitian descent who were born in the country are now without question living in fear of deportation. Others ended up receiving the boot to leave the country, like Wilver Cuevas Betances.
According to Fox News Latino, the 29-year-old was approached by some soldiers at a bus station in the DR’s capital Santo Domingo. They demanded Betances’ passport. He recalled what he told the soldiers:
“I don’t have a passport. I’m Dominican.”
Betances, who was born in the Dominican Republic and had his Dominican identification card to prove it, was still deported the following day to Haiti. A few days later, reporters found him sitting in the office of a migrant assistance group in Port-au-Prince (Haiti’s capital). He summed up his feelings about Haiti below:
“I have nothing here. I don’t know anyone.”
Such is the tale of many other Dominicans of Haitian descent, who were born and raised in the DR. Often times, it’s the only country they know like the back of their hands, having spent their entire lives there.