George Altshuler

George Altshuler is a freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. Follow him at @georgelouisalt

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The Culture of Fear Fueling the Dominican Deportation Crisis

For Dominicans of Haitian descent, the threat of violence is just as serious as the threat of deportation. 

George Altshuler
“I left the Dominican Republic because people said they would kill all the Haitians,” said Mona Jermin in Haitian Kreyòl. “Now I have nothing.” Two weeks ago Jermin gave birth to a baby boy in a dusty tent at a camp for Haitians who have fled the Dominican Republic. She had no medical care, and she says her child lacks food, clothes, and still hasn’t seen a doctor. Although the Dominican government did not begin mass deportations of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent following a June 17 immigration deadline, some 66,000 people have already fled the country. And while the threat of deportation may have played a part, it seems to be only part of the story. In more than two-dozen interviews in camps of Haitians who have fled the Dominican Republic in recent months, most people told stories of threats and intimidation from Dominican civilians. The threat of deportation remains very real for Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent, but the...