The threat of mass deportations, scheduled to begin today [June 18], of as many as 200,000 people of Haitian descent from the Dominican Republic, where many were born and have spent their whole lives, is a clear denial of human rights. Laws and court decisions in the past few years that have retroactively stripped Dominican citizenship from tens of thousands of people who have lived in the country for generations and make important contributions to that society are inconceivably unjust. We call on the Dominican government to halt all mass deportations and create a clear path for Dominicans of Haitian descent to regain their citizenship.
Many of our members have immigrant roots, including in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and well understand the struggles of families trying to improve their conditions by living and working in peace in their home countries and abroad. 32BJ has been a strong supporter of comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S., including a clear path to citizenship for the undocumented, and advocate for the dignified and humane treatment of immigrants everywhere.