Dominican Republic
Military troops and immigration agents in the Dominican Republic have intensified operations against undocumented Haitians in recent weeks. Photo from Dominican Today.

In a campaign to expel undocumented Haitians, the Dominican Republic has been delaying, detaining or questioning darker-skinned U.S. citizens, the U.S. State Department said. 

In a warning to travelers issued November 19, the State Department said Dominican migration agents have targeted those believed to be undocumented migrants as they look particularly for people of Haitian descent. Dominican officials do not always respect travelers’ legal status in the Dominican Republic or nationality, according to the Dominican media.


Dominican Migration has stopped darker-skinned U.S. citizens traveling to the D.R. to find undocumented Haitians and return them to Haiti.

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J.O. Haselhoef is the author of “Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti.” She co-founded "Yonn Ede Lot" (One Helping Another), a nonprofit that partnered with volunteer groups in La Montagne ("Lamontay"), Haiti from 2007-2013. She is a 2022 Fellow for the Columbia School of Journalism's Age Boom Academy. She writes and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.