Dominican deportation fears keep families on edge – Al Jazeera English

While tourists spend hundreds of dollars on kite surfing, seared tuna, cocktails and other luxuries, most of the Haitians and Haitian-Dominicans around here get by on a few dollars a day doing odd jobs or menial work.

Some have had better luck. Like John.

He came to the Dominican Republic from Haiti when he was 15 along with his mother and two siblings.

Now 26, he runs a profitable internet cafe. It’s small for sure, but it pays the bills for him, his mother and [now] six younger siblings [four of whom were born in the Dominican Republic].

He applied for citizenship in December and still hasn’t received a decision from immigration officials.

They were supposed to get back to him in 45 days, but so far he has heard nothing.

If they delay much longer or reject him, he’s planning on packing up all his computers and equipment and returning to Haiti – before being deported.

“We’re going to have to return to Haiti on our own,” John said.

“Because if they deport me, I’ll lose everything, my job, my computers. My family could be split up. My mother could lose all her things.” via – Al Jazeera English


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