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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Families Are Deporting Themselves to Haiti: Dominican Deadlock (Dispatch 3)

The border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti functions as a free trade zone. Twice a week, the gates open and people from both sides congregate to buy goods to bring back to their respective countries. The Dajabon border crossing is one of the main border crossings where this commerce occurs, and also acts as a point of passage where Haitian migrants frequently enter and exit the Dominican Republic.

In recent days, thousands of Dominican Haitians have been scrambling to complete a “regularization” process in order to avoid deportation after a court ruling effectively rendered them stateless. There were reports of small-scale initial deportations occurring Thursday, June 18, the day after the deadline to complete the process. On a larger scale, many families at risk of detainment and deportation are voluntarily self-deporting in order to avoid run-ins with authorities.

In the latest dispatch, VICE News rides across Dajabon border crossing with two families self-deporting back to Haiti after they failed to apply for residency, and gets an up-close look at the new detention centers set up by Dominican immigration authorities to enforce the new law.

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

Watch “Deadline for Citizenship (Dispatch 1)” – http://bit.ly/1Na3Bmt

Watch VICE News’ Raw Coverage from the Dominican Republic – http://bit.ly/1IRDxLf

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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