Photo: Haiti Dominican border
The Dominican Republic is now closing the open door policy it had for its Haitian neighborhoods, in place since the devastating earthquake of January 12 2010.
Recently the Dominican government has started rounding up hundreds of illegal Haitian immigrants and deporting them on a daily basis. The country had suspended most of its deportations and immigration crackdown since the earthquake but this week has resumed its efforts and is even setting up checkpoints around the country, something it rarely had done in the past.
Since Monday of this week 700 Haitians have been deported in an effort to stem the tide of Haitians illegally in the country and to stop the spread of cholera in the Dominican.
There is an estimated 600,000 to 1,000,000 Haitians living illegally in the Dominican, which is a significant burden on a country with a population of 10 million.