Monday, February 7, 2011

Deporting illegal aliens

The Dominican Republic has deported thousands of illegal immigrants in recent weeks, sowing fear among Haitians living in the country and prompting accusations its government is using a cholera outbreak as a pretext for a crackdown.

In the largest campaign in years to target Haitians living illegally in the Dominican Republic, soldiers and immigration agents have been setting up checkpoints and conducting neighborhood sweeps, detaining anyone without papers and booting them from the country.

For some reason, while the Dominican Republic rounds up and deports thousands of illegal immigrants from Haiti, the United States is not allowed to round up and deport thousands of illegal immigrants from the Dominican Republic. And, of course, we're not allowed to ask anyone for their papers.


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