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    Haiti protest against deportations made by Bahamians authorities of convicted Haitians born in its territory


    March 27, 2014

    According to the Constitution of the Bahamas, children born in the Bahamas of foreign parents do NOT automatically have Bahamian citizenship.


    Port-au-Prince, Haiti - Haiti's Government expressed concern that the convicts, born in the Bahamas of Haitian parents and deported to Haiti from the United States, who engage in criminal activities to survive, to a country they did not know before, and where often have no family ties.
    The Secretary of State public security, Reginald Delva said that the Haitian Government has difficulty coping with criminals deported to Haiti after having immigrated to the United States from the Bahamas, where they were born.
    "We fear that convicts, who had access to a different lifestyle, go onto criminal activities as the only alternative for survival when they arrive," said Delva HCNN in an interview.
    “The problem for the people of Haitian descent, born in the Bahamas and deported from the United States, is that they have not been to Haiti before, do not speak creole and they do not have anyone in Haiti sometimes”, said Delva
    According to the Constitution of the Bahamas, children born in the Bahamas of foreign parents do NOT automatically have Bahamian citizenship.
    Children with this condition have to wait until they become 18 years old to apply for citizenship, which can be a lengthy process. Haitian officials say that the Government of the Bahamas has convinced the United States to deport these 'stateless' criminals to Haiti instead of to the Bahamas. Efforts to reach the Bahamas authorities for comment failed.
    "Imagine someone who is used to committing crimes and to have no access to money, pennyless in a country where he/she has set foot for the first time," explained Delva.
    The opportunities of working in Haiti are very rare for those who live in the country and possibilities are even more improbable for the deportees, due to his criminal record, often potential employers are skeptical.
    Delva, said that the Haitian Foreign Minister will officially discuss the matter with the Bahamas, "the authorities have to find a way to solve the problem because people were not born in Haiti, and they grew up in the Bahamas or the United States”, said Delva
    "Don't have Haitian documents, have learned to commit crimes in these countries, and not in Haiti," Delva said to HCNN.
    Bahamian officials say that there are about 40,000 Haitians living in the Bahamas, which has a population of more than 350,000, but other organizations believe that the Haitian community has almost 80,000 people.
    Many people of Haitian descent have been living in the Bahamas for generations and do not have any connection with the country that their ancestors used to call home.


    SOURCE: http://impactodigital.com.do/?p=21674

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