2010 December 18 Saturday
Dominican Republic Revokes Birthright Citizenship

The Dominican Republic has revised its constitution in a way that the US needs to do: children born to illegal aliens are no longer entitled to Dominican citizenship.

The constitutional change came two weeks after the earthquake in Haiti, which makes up the western portion of the island of Hispaniola. The Dominican Republic is on the eastern portion. The change denies citizenship to children born to undocumented residents.

Haiti is certainly a tragic mess. But it would be better to improve conditions in Haiti than move its citizens elsewhere. What Haiti needs is foreign rule. The political class is hopelessly corrupt and inept. Effectively it needs to be put into a form of receivership. It won't become a great success story. But it can be made quite a bit less bad.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2010 December 18 06:49 PM  Immigration Policy

dchamil said at December 19, 2010 6:55 AM:

Yes, what Haiti needs is foreign rule. Let's be candid. Haiti needs a return of colonialism.

Dave Gore said at December 19, 2010 9:24 AM:

I wonder if colonialism will come again to parts of Africa. China has made major investments there, and may not be willing to let them crumble to dust under inept local regimes.

Engineer-Poet said at December 19, 2010 11:02 AM:

China is already getting pushback from the natives because the projects typically employ few or no local workers.

That kind of resentment is easy to turn into bandit gangs which morph into insurgent movements.

Black Death said at December 20, 2010 4:56 AM:

The Dominicans have always dealt rather unpleasantly with illegal Haitian immigrants:

In October 1937, Dominican President Rafael Trujillo ordered the execution of the Haitian population living within the borderlands with Haiti. The violence resulted in the killing of 20,000[1] to 30,000[2] Haitian civilians over a span of approximately five days. This would later become known as the Parsley Massacre from the shibboleth that Trujillo had his soldiers apply to determine whether or not those living on the border were native Dominicans who spoke Spanish fluently. Soldiers would hold up a sprig of parsley, ask "What is this?", and assume that those who could not pronounce the Spanish word perejil (called pèsi in Haitian Creole, persil in French) were Haitian.[3] Within the Dominican Republic itself, the massacre is known as El Corte ("the cutting").


Donggan said at December 20, 2010 12:32 PM:

"That kind of resentment is easy to turn into bandit gangs which morph into insurgent movements."

Yeah, the PRC will be in real trouble. They're as strangled by PC as the US is, maybe worse!

europeasant said at December 20, 2010 1:59 PM:

Forget Haiti, don't waste anymore time and effort. Make sure the U.S. does not become like Haiti. Leave it as it is. Make sure your own children grow up self sufficient and cultured.

SF said at December 20, 2010 11:25 PM:

We don't need to amend the constitution to exclude the children of illegals from citizenship. In Wong Kim Ark vs US, the court found in favor of Mr. Ark, but it made two very significant findings of fact: 1. His parents had entered the United States legally; and 2. They had been permanent residents engaged in a business. The implication is that they would have ruled differently had his parents entered after the Chinese exclusion act or had they been just tourists.

Engineer-Poet said at December 21, 2010 6:30 AM:

First we have to legislate to that effect, because the status quo is the opposite.  The advocates of the status quo will go to court, arguing that the birthright interpretation of the 14th is correct even for children of illegal aliens.  If the courts rule in their favor, we will still require a Constitutional amendment.

Pushing an amendment through the process would be a good flanking strategy; if it had passed Congress and was before the states, the treason lobby and courts might decide that they'd already lost.

FiguredItOut said at December 25, 2010 8:22 AM:

From a HBD perspective, the Dominican Republic kept its white Colonial masters, while Haiti kicked theirs out. The Dominican Republic's population then became mulatto over time, while Haiti stayed West African. Economically, the Dominican Republic stayed in the Western Trading System, while Haiti devolved to voodo and tribalism. To be fair, some Western Countries resented Haiti's revolution and withdrew trade. American's use the one drop rule, but in other countries, being a mulatto makes one very different from being West African.

HBD contends that all societies need a certain level of smart fraction to run the institutions. It it likely that Haiti is just below that level, while the Dominican Republic is above it. The Dominicans are serious about preserving themselves from Haiti. Haiti is a constant reminder of what the Dominican Republican can become. The Dominican's have their border pretty much sealed against Haiti.

As a fun thing to do, go to Google Earth and look down at the island. You will notice a dramatic difference between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The Haitian side has been deforested.

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