A Haitian Halfway House for Deportees: Dominican Deadlock (Dispatch 4)

The Haitian village of Malpasse, just across the border from the Dominican Republic, is home to approximately 40 freshly-deported Dominican-Haitians and Haitian migrants who are being housed at the Fond Bayard community school.

Run by pastor Sinas Saintilus, the school’s classrooms have been repurposed as a place of shelter. Many of the deportees in Malpasse were born in the Dominican Republic, making them rightful citizens under the Dominican constitution, but they were forced to leave the country despite their legal status.

Haitian President Michel Martelly announced last week that the Haitian government would not acknowledge deported Dominican-Haitians, making people like those housed at the school in Malpasse effectively stateless.

VICE News visited the Fond Bayard school in Haiti to see firsthand what conditions are like at what has become a halfway house for those deported under the Dominican Republic’s new naturalization law.

Watch “Families Are Deporting Themselves to Haiti (Dispatch 3)” – http://bit.ly/1Rxif7V

Watch “Citizenship Limbo for Dominican Haitians (Dispatch 2)” – http://bit.ly/1K2Ywwc

In Photos: A Community in the Crosshairs of the Dominican Republic’s Naturalization Law – http://bit.ly/1QIVmDi

Dominican Republic Gives Haitians Until Midnight to Register or Face Deportation – http://bit.ly/1H1F4kz

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