The Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) has been holding 19-year old Amsterdam native Daniel Buter in a Rotterdam detention center for two weeks as he faces possible deportation to the Dominican Republic. Buter was born and raised in Amsterdam Noord; he has never been to the Dominican Republic and has no contacts there.
According to new source AT5, when Buter was 3, his parents – who were born in the Dominican Republic – went abroad and left him with his grandparents. Although Buter has a citizen registration number (BSN), he discovered he does not have Dutch nationality when he applied for a passport for a college prospect in the IT field.
The municipality reported Buter’s case to the IND, who invited him for an interview. AT5 says Buter’s lawyer advised him not to go to the IND meeting; the teen was consequently arrested in early November.
Buter’s support team initiated a petition which says simply, “Daniel belongs in the Netherlands. Sign the petition now and help us fight the eviction.” The petition has been signed by over 14,500 people with comments like, “I sign because it is very strange that a boy who has been living here for almost 19 years, has all his family and friends here and knows no one there, will be sent back to the Dominican Republic. Inhuman!” (Ted Beute); “This is criminal. You cannot take a young person from his country, just as you cannot take a young child away from his parents” (Sybren Post); and, “I sign because he is a Dutchman like us and deserves to continue his accumulated life” (Noa Jurgens).
Buter has earned a HAVO diploma and has never before been in contact with the law. IND intends to hold the teen in Rotterdam until his immigration case which is scheduled for February.