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Dominican Republic strips Junot Díaz of award

Junot Diaz (left) and Edwidge Danticat spoke to reporters after appearing before Congress last week.
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Junot Diaz (left) and Edwidge Danticat spoke to reporters after appearing before Congress last week.

Officials in the Dominican Republic are angry with author Junot Díaz, a native son, for comments the 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner made critical of the country’s immigration policies. Spanish-language media say Eduardo Selman, the Dominican Republic’s consul in New York, called Díaz “anti-Dominican” and stripped him of an Order of Merit medal. Díaz, who teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was in Washington last week with Haitian-American author Edwidge Danticat to urge lawmakers to deal with what they call the Dominican Republic’s persecution of immigrants, mainly Haitians. “We declare emphatically that the Dominican Republic has acted with transparency to the world in the implementation of the migratory measures and there has been no case of violation of human rights,” Selman said in a statement after Díaz’s visit to the capital. Díaz did not respond to a request for comment Monday.

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