Thousands fail to get permits
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.