|The west of Hispaniola is Haiti. Haitians |
do much of the low wage labor in the Dominican Republic
Thank god for John Bingham the Founding Son who drafted the 14th Amendment which begins "Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside". That reversed Dred Scott v. Sandford and barred racist measures like the statelessness which the Dominican Republic's Supreme Court has visited upon thousands of persons born in the DR of Haitian parents. - GWC
Dominicans of Haitian Descent Cast Into Legal Limbo by Court - NYTimes.com: 'via Blog this'
by Randall C. Archibold
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — For generations, people of Haitian descent have been an inextricable part of life here, often looked at with suspicion and dismay, but largely relied on all the same to clean rooms, build things cheaply and provide the backbreaking labor needed on the country’s vast sugar plantations.
Now, intensifying a long and furious debate over their place in this society, the nation’s top court has declared that the children of undocumented Haitian migrants — even those born on Dominican soil decades ago — are no longer entitled to citizenship, throwing into doubt the status of tens of thousands of people here who have never known any other national identity.