Wednesday’s 7pm deadline for Haitians to register and avoid deportation was moved to midnight, but that did little to dispel their frustration.
According to ViceNews,
In 90 degree heat and blistering sun, thousands of Dominican Haitians formed a line that snaked for several blocks through the streets of Santo Domingo Wednesday. They were all waiting — some for days — to enter the Ministry of the Interior and complete a “regularization” process in order to avoid deportation. The deadline for doing so was initially set for 7pm, but that was extended to midnight. The change, however, did little to allay tension and frustration.
“It’s time to send your a**es back!” one man shouted as he drove by. It wasn’t unusual; the Dominican Republic and Haiti, which together occupy the island of Hispaniola, share a long history of racial tension.
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Wednesday night, VICE News reporters Monica Villamizar and Eric Fernandez broadcasted live from Santo Domingo covering the local reaction. Watch the video below.