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Dominican Republic President Vows No Mass Deportations After Anti-Migrant Court Ruling

SANTO DOMINGO – President Danilo Medina said Monday there will be no “mass deportations and the humanity of the immigrant will be respected,” following the verdict of the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court denying citizenship to Dominican-born children of undocumented migrants.

Medina, according to an official note, gave that assurance to New York state legislators Adriano Espaillat, of Dominican origin, and Phil Ramos.

The president gave both a full account of the Sept. 29 ruling that undocumented immigrants’ children, who were born in the Dominican Republic after 1929 and who are therefore registered as Dominican citizens, will lose that status because their parents were in the country “in transit.”

Of the Caribbean nation’s 9.5 million inhabitants, some 240,000 will be affected, mostly Haitians,” according to Human Rights Watch estimates.

Espaillat said Monday after the meeting with Medina that the president told him he would have a government commission explain the extent of the National Regularization of Foreigners Plan to the 40 Dominican elected officials in the United States.

Medina was basically promising that at no time will the human rights of immigrants be violated because they are in the country illegally.

The Dominican Republic and Haiti share the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, with Haiti in the western portion. Though both countries are poor, Haiti is destitute, and Haitians cross the border to do work that many Dominicans will not do, such as harvesting sugarcane.

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