Local June 30, 2017 | 3:34 pm

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Tens of thousands mostly Haitian foreigners face deportation

Santo Domingo.- Tens of thousands of Haitian nationals and other foreigners registered as Group A of the National Plan to Regularize Foreigners (PNRE) living undocumented in the Dominican Republic face a deportation risk as the Interior and Police Ministry’s latest deadline to legalize their immigration status expired the first half of next month.

The PNRE is a special provision to grant identity documents and residence permits to foreign nationals who weren’t residing legally in the Dominican Republic.

Of the 238,000 Haitian foreigners who opted to regularization, in the last deadline issued on 2015, the card of 143,000 expires July 17.

However, only 53,000 Haitian nationals registered for the PNRE were registered with the Central Electoral Board (JCE), but of those the JCE has been able to identify only 15,000. In Group B, some 8,000 people were registered with the JCE to be able to naturalize, of which only 4,500 met all requirements.

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