Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the island of Hispaniola. But that didn’t stop Dominican officials from protecting their sovereignty by mass deporting Haitians back to their own nation in 2015.
American officials, pundits, and media are hysterical over a story they created about remarks Donald Trump supposedly made regarding Haiti during discussions of the U.S. taking in people from all over the world. And as they wildly condemn Trump, anyone who supports him, and America in general, it’s a good time to remember how the Haitians’ neighbors wanted nothing to do with them in 2015.
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Media was abuzz with stories about Haiti and the Dominican Republic in 2015. “Haitians protest over Dominican Republic deportations,” screamed the headline from Al Jazeera. “The Dominican Republic’s mass Haitian deportation reflects its racist history,” growled The Guardian. “Haitian deportation crisis brews in Dominican Republic,” warned USA Today. “The bloody origins of the Dominican Republic’s ethnic ‘cleansing’ of Haitians,” snarled The Washington Post. “The Dominican Republic’s Shameful Deportation Legacy,” scolded Foreign Policy. And The New York Times cried, “Forced to Flee Dominican Republic for Haiti, Migrants Land in Limbo.”
The New York Times article noted that not only did Dominican officials deport native Haitians, but they also deported “some who were born on Dominican soil and knew nothing of Haiti.” Here is more from the article.
Nearly 3,000 people have arrived in the makeshift camps since the spring, leaving the Dominican Republic by force or by fear after its government began a crackdown on illegal migrants. Some, born in the Dominican Republic but unable to prove it, cannot even speak French or Creole, Haiti’s main languages, showing how wide a net the Dominican government has cast.
Haitian officials have done almost nothing to support them. The population is scattered across the drought-racked southwest border, mostly barren plains. Families of eight sleep in tents fashioned from sticks and cardboard. They drink river water, struggle to find food, and make do without toilets or medical attention.
Dominicans live right beside Haitians. And they want nothing to do with them. The Haitian government doesn’t seem all that interested in its people either.
So as American officials, pundits, and media continue with their outrage over a story they created about Haiti and Trump, remember this 2015 news about the Caribbean nation and its island-sharing neighbor.
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