Dominican Republic Citizenship Ruling Stirs Outcry Across Caribbean

Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, October 31, 2013

The recent decision by the highest court in the Dominican Republic to cancel the citizenship of three generations of residents is meeting a firestorm of protest, with human rights advocates warning of a humanitarian nightmare for the entire Caribbean region.

The Dominican Constitutional Court, citing the country’s 2010 constitution, retroactively stripped the citizenship of people born after 1929 to parents without Dominican ancestry, declaring that they were residing in the country illegally or with temporary permits.

More than 200,000 people, most of them descendants of Haitians, may in effect be left stateless. Government officials and others could deprive them of a host of basic rights and services, including education and employment, activists say.

“To be stateless means you don’t have the right to vote, to go to school . . . freedom of movement . . . [access to] travel documents,” Sarnata Reynolds, who handles statelessness issues at Refugees International, said Thursday during a panel discussion in Washington about the Dominican ruling. “You’re stuck in a legal limbo and in a location where you can’t resolve your situation.”

Some fear the Dominican Republic will embark on a mass deportation effort. But to where? Haiti and other Caribbean states would be under no obligation to recognize people who were born in the Dominican Republic as anything but Dominicans.

After years of legal dispute and with Dominicans of Haitian descent already feeling prejudice, the court’s ruling in late September came in connection with a case involving Juliana Dequis Pierre, born in the Dominican Republic to Haitian parents in 1984. When she attempted to apply for a voting card, authorities seized her birth certificate and told her she was not Dominican, her lawyers say. Her attempts to challenge those actions led to the high court’s judgment.

“This is likely one of the most discriminatory decisions ever made by a superior tribunal,” said Santiago A. Canton, director of the Partners for Human Rights program at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, which joined Dequis’ legal team. The RFK center branded the ruling a case of “massive state-sponsored xenophobia.”


At a meeting this week of the governing council of the Organization of American States, known normally for vapid diplomatic niceties, comments from Caribbean countries were particularly pointed.

Haiti said the Dominican court’s action was “truly alarming,” and it was joined in the criticism by the 15-member Caribbean Community.


Although many people inside and outside the Dominican Republic see the measure as racist and xenophobic, it has significant support in some domestic quarters among those who resent a large Haitian presence and what they see as outside interference, Jorge Prats said.

“In the legal community, the decision has little support,” he said in an email. “But there is certain support in the population because conservative, authoritarian elites have promoted an anti-Haitianism since the times of Trujillo.” Rafael Leonidas Trujillo was dictator of the Dominican Republic from 1930 to 1961.

In 1937, though Haitians had been working the Dominican sugar cane fields for generations, Trujillo sought to drive them out by ordering the so-called Parsley massacre, which killed thousands of Haitians. {snip}


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  • Alexandra1973

    When you hear the word “outcry” you know someone’s probably done something right.

    The down side to this? Guess where these illegals will wind up…coming to a ‘hood near you!

    • TheCogitator

      You took the words right out of my mouth. You are exactly right. We’ll get just what we need, more blacks and their violent criminal tendencies.

    • Alfred the Great

      You took the words right out of my mouth too. Under the guise of asylum, of course.

      • dukem1

        These are all dark-skinned people who “live” on the same exact small island right?
        Where be the solidarity?
        What they need is a critical mass of white people to hate and rape and kill.
        Surely that will bring them all together!

        • gemjunior

          Not all of them are dark-skinned actually. I have a student that is very white and also very beautiful, a stunner. But she seems white to me, I can’t exactly ask though, I’d be fired for not adhering to the party’s etiquette.

        • bilderbuster

          In that case the Haitians are out of luck because all the White French were massacred in 1804.

    • Pelagian

      Bwa-hahahah perfect:

      “When you hear the word “outcry” you know someone’s probably done something right.”

  • Extropico

    This is one of the bravest rulings in many years. There is no human right to invasion and ethnic cleansing of a neighboring country.

    • gregCall

      Or genetic degradation of a neighboring country.

  • Spartacus

    No sane human being wants groids in his country .

    • IstvanIN

      Even heavily mulatto countries.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        They’ve been working to erase that stain (decades of humiliating r-style Bantu Haitian occupation) for over a century. Even obviously mulatto Dominicans often claim to be White, though generous-to-Whites immigration policies have resulted in more than a few pretty White Dominicans.

        Interesting place.

        • Sick of it

          Some of them could be mistaken for white people. See some of their former beauty queens.

          • NeanderthalDNA

            I checked it out on Wiki once, the Dominican struggle to throw the Haitians out. Battle after battle is listed of heavily outnumbered Dominicans routing hordes of Haitians…

            The high octeroon, Trujillo, threw the immigration doors wide open to anyone Caucasian, including Ashkenazi Jews in WW2, some of whom took him up on the offer. Like most places south of the border, a White elite run the place and only come here when sent to be educated at our universities.

            They really want to scrub that stain out bad.

          • Sick of it

            Our problem is that we lack the will to do anything about our problems. And I mean literally anything. It’s not like we are incapable people or that those in power are obeying the law. Nope, they are almost all criminals and we still do nothing.

      • M.
    • Jefferson

      The Dominican Republic was already full of Groids before mass immigration from Haiti.

      Your average Dominican looks like a light skin African American. Think Eric Holder for example.

      • Spartacus

        I’ll reformulate: No sane groid wants even groidier groids in his “country” .

        Better ?

      • Terra Magnum Imperium

        Well in 1492 it was then El Presidente Trujillo tried to get more Euros and Jews into his country….

    • Whitetrashgang

      Does this mean liberals are by definition insane?

      • Spartacus

        Yep .

  • IstvanIN

    If the wonderful Haitians were as wonderful and humane as we are expected to believe why don’t they welcome their fellow countrymen home again? It is a short walk across the border.

    • Alfred the Great

      That’s a question that I ask people, “If these illegals are so wonderful, why don’t their mother countries demand their return?”

    • Alexandra1973

      I recall after the earthquake in Haiti the president of Senegal was offering to take in refugees.

      Wonder if his offer still stands? Better there than here.

      • bilderbuster

        The Haitians knew that when they got there they’d most likelybe thrown in chains & sent to work in the jungle.

    • ms_anthro

      There aren’t even any trees to get in the way of the border passage, since the Haitians have mostly deforested their half of Hispaniola.

  • Sangraal

    Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a precedent…

    • Alfred the Great

      Except for the retroactive part, we have had three mass deportations in our own history. We already have some good precedents, I think.

  • joesolargenius

    Well to coin an old TV phrase ,Head em up and move em out ,get them dogeys moving Rawhide. I would like to see that law passed here!

    • dukem1


  • bigone4u

    Hey, Al Sharpton! Here’s another chance for you to get your ugly mug on TV. Liberal white New Yorkers would be an easy mark for you to hit them up for millions in donations for the poor oppressed stateless blacks. Get moving, man, before Jesse beats you to the punch.

  • Sick of it

    It’s time for America to follow in the Dominican Republic’s footsteps. That’s not something I thought I’d ever say in my life, but there you go.

    • dukem1

      Yeah. Strange times we live in.

  • MBlanc46

    Hmmm, let’s see. The Dominicans want the DR to be for Dominicans. And most other countries want their countries to be for their citizens. It seems that only Europe and the nations of the European diaspora find that abhorrent.

    • Sick of it

      There’s another diaspora within those nations which seems to be pushing this agenda.

    • Sick of it

      Wow my comment disappeared fast. This time I guess I’ll just say that Europeans were quick to defend their nations from foreigners prior to the advent of Marxism.

    • “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is ours.”

      • MBlanc46

        That could be the slogan on the Afro-American national flag. Unless it’s Gibs Me Dat. It would have been better all round if the Domicans had expelled them immediately.

  • Pelagian

    The only reason they dared to get away with this is the PC crowd has trumped Dominicans up as a beleaguered mulatto minority in the U.S. So the NY Times and the other intelligentsia don’t *reflexively* bash them.

    But if a 100% white court even dreamed of doing this the ICJ would be down on them in a minute.

  • Jackryanvb

    Haven’t the Dominicans read Austrian free market economic books? Hayek? Paul Ryan? Jack Kemp? Ron Paul? Rand Paul? Mass Haitian immigration is supposed to be “good” for the Dominican Republic just as long as some free market economic reforms are implemented.

    We need to exile Libertarian loons to Haiti, we won’t tell the, that it is exile, instead we’ll let them think that we are sending them to “save” the Haitians with their brilliant free market economic theories, make Black Haitians as prosperous as Chinese in Hing Kong.

  • Viking_61

    Most mulatto Dominicans proudly call themselves “white”. Yet every single mulatto American proudly calls himself “African American”. It’s an interesting dynamic how Dominicans are so quick think of themselves as white, or at the very least, not-a-Negro.

    • IstvanIN

      There is no advantage to a mulatto calling himself white in America, just as there is no advantage to being black in even a half-way normal society.

  • Viking_61

    Import them to Manhattan. Set ’em up right on 5th Avenue in one of those swanky buildings right next to all the Negro-worshiping Jew York liberals.

    • John_HD

      Madison, Wisconsin could desperately use some Haitians too, as they just loves them some diversity (in theory). Every liberal bastion should be the beneficiaries of the blessings of the blacks that they so cherish. Of course, they’ll all move out once the blessings reach a certain threshold. Then they’ll campaign for more diversity in their adopted new cities. Their delusion knows no bounds.

  • Extract of a letter published in the NY Times:

    “Unlike the United States, the Dominican Republic does not grant citizenship to all those born within its jurisdiction. The Constitutional Tribunal’s ruling this year merely confirms previous court rulings and efforts by the authorities to improve compliance.

    The Dominican Republic has a legitimate interest in regulating immigration and having clear rules for acquisition of citizenship. It should not be pressured by outside actors and other countries to implement measures contrary to its own Constitution – and that would be unacceptable to most other nations facing similar immigration pressures.

    The Dominican government is fully aware of the plight of the children of illegal Haitian migrants born in the country who lack identity documents. This does not, however, render them stateless. As your article says, Haiti’s Constitution bestows citizenship on any person born of Haitian parents anywhere in the world.

    {..} Each case will be carefully examined and subject to judicial due process. Speculation about mass deportations that I have heard is therefore baseless.”

    Ambassador of the Dominican Republic
    Washington, Oct. 28, 2013

    A very interesting scenario. Of course, a similar thing in Britain would be very nice. “All those who came since 1948 and have no British heritage are henceforth stripped of their citizenship and must make accommodation elsewhere”. Ah well, one can dream.

  • Stan D Mute

    Negroes are like locusts. Truly a cancer upon the rest of humanity.

  • John_HD

    “This is likely one of the most discriminatory decisions ever made by a superior tribunal,” said Santiago A. Canton, director of the Partners for Human Rights program at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, which joined Dequis’ legal team. The RFK center branded the ruling a case of “massive state-sponsored xenophobia.

    Of course, I’m virtually certain that the good Santiago wholeheartedly endorses massive state-sponsored racism directed against whites in the form of the Orwellian named “Affirmative Action”.

    Multiculturalism is an unnatural abomination.

  • Terra Magnum Imperium

    I agree with you 90% of the time because one of friends comes from the DR, when I first met her I expected that she would look African but to my surprise she looks as Euro as I do only a little tanner. Also calling a Dominican black is a good way to start a fight.

    • ms_anthro

      Except that lots of them are clearly mixed with black. Cubans and other Caribbean peoples are similar in their unwillingness to admit to obvious African admixture.

    • Strider73

      Dominican ex-MLB player Sammy Sosa is at least as black as most American blacks.

  • Terra Magnum Imperium

    All the whites were killed after Haiti revolted against France but a small Mulatto elite ran the country.

  • There was also some Tiano and Carib remnant population that survived imported diseases long enough to be raped into negritude. Caribbean injuns look so much more like those from South America than those from North America that I suspect original settlers of the Caribbean came from what is now Venezuela, and not Florida.

    “You killed us and stole our islands to give them to WHO?”

  • Lots of Dominicans are pretty dark, but they and Haitians don’t speak the same language. The old “parsley test” in 1937 worked quite well: anyone who couldn’t put a Spanish trill on the “r” in the word “parejil” was a Haitian and then executed.

  • sestamibi

    I can’t help but wonder if there are any Dominicans in Haiti, and if so, why.