Undocumented Haitians Dominican Sugar cane Workers wait in long lines
Here is a picture of several undocumented Haitians Dominican Sugar cane Workers wait in long lines seeking to establish their legal residence.
The objective of the repatriation was aimed at regulating the continuous flow of migrants from impoverished Haiti to the relatively wealthier D.R. As per Interior Ministry's statement, there could be about 500,000 prospective applicants for residency under the program and of whom about 50,000 people would have a fair chance of granting citizenship. However, as of Wednesday, June 17, about 250,000 people have been registered and as per the officials, only about 10,000 have submitted sufficient required documents. In the final weeks, the number of applicants was far beyond, exceeding the serving capacity of the 36 processing centers under National Plan of Regularization of Foreigners (PNRE), and that made a disorganized process even worse. Many people have all the required documents but could not register due to lack of money, work schedule and overcrowded jumbled serving counters. There were few complaints that some police officers were providing preferential treatment in exchange for bribes.