Thou­sands fail to get per­mits

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

Thou­sands of peo­ple be­gan pre­par­ing for de­por­ta­tion from the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic af­ter fail­ing to ob­tain le­gal res­i­dency as part of a pro­gram to crack down on mi­grants, most of them from neigh­bor­ing Haiti or of Haitian de­scent.

The gov­ern­ment urged peo­ple to start car­ry­ing doc­u­ments prov­ing they are res­i­dents and thus avoid de­por­ta­tion if stopped by immigration agents. Many ex­pected author­i­ties to im­me­di­ately start de­port­ing peo­ple, but the gov­ern­ment said it would be a slow process.

Dozens were turned away at the mid­night dead­line af­ter stand­ing in line for more than 24 hours to sub­mit ap­pli­ca­tions for le­gal sta­tus. Nearly 290,000 peo­ple en­rolled in the reg­is­tra­tion pro­gram, of­fi­cials said, but noted that only about 10,000 have pro­vided the re­quired doc­u­ments.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.