Dominican Crackdown Leaves Children o...

Dominican Crackdown Leaves Children of Haitian Immigrants in Legal Limbo

There are 10 comments on the www.nytimes.com story from May 27, 2008, titled Dominican Crackdown Leaves Children of Haitian Immigrants in Legal Limbo. In it, www.nytimes.com reports that:

SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS, Dominican Republic - Two obsessions define this country: baseball and Haiti .

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antonioj

Toronto, Canada

#1 May 27, 2008
what a shame, where is common sense and compassion
boum

Saint Louis, MO

#3 May 27, 2008
Pour eux, les haitiens pauvres sont des betes, pas des humains...
Vincit

Philadelphia, PA

#4 May 28, 2008
There is no such thing as compassion guy, it is just a word; all slave descendents should be aware of that. The best thing for all Ayitians to do is be ready for the war that is coming against the Dominican Republic; they are allied with the U.S. France, Canada, and other Latin American Countries but we have GOD on our side; not the christian B.S. When this war comes; it will be a war of survival for Ayitians in which all Dominicans and all Ayitians are enemies, and we have nothing to lose or gain.
Louis Pierre

Sun City, FL

#5 May 28, 2008
There is no need to blame the Dominican Republic for anything. It is true that they do not like Haitians because we are blacker and poorer then them. If Haitians were white with blond hair and blue eyes but poor, trust me, they would welcome us with open eyes. Why? Dominicans want to be white. As for me, God created us equal. Human, flesh and blood. We came from the dirt, we will go back to the dirt. The black skin is very beautiful and shiny with strong facial features. Our hair is strong and very beautiful. Thick and full lips are very juicy :-). Most black people age better than whites because melanine in our skin keeps it firmer. I love being black! However, blame our stupid government for allowing the Dominicans to mistreat us. If we had our act together and provided employment for our people, they would not need to go to DR. What are they doing in DR? Working in construction and agriculture. Making DR more beautiful. Why can't those Haitians workers work in Haiti and make Haiti beautiful. In DR, president Leonel has a slogan saying Pa'Lante Vamos! Why can't Haiti has that slogan as well?
Louis Pierre

Sun City, FL

#6 May 28, 2008
All I am saying is that if you want respect, you have to earn it. Haiti should stop the corruption. We used to be ahead of the Dominican Republic 40 years ago in almost every sector including tourism. Why are they waaaaaaaaay ahead of us now? All they did is invite international ivestors, big companies, major airlines, major hotel and resort chains to enter their market. Gave them the right incentives to smooth out their path. In return, employment was created. The Dominican people are far from being rich but at least they can survive. They don't have to eat mud cookies. In addition, the infrastructure of the DR was built. Why can't the government of Haiti study the success of the DR and implement some of these actions to get Haiti moving forward? DR is not perfect and has a lot of problems but they are sure better off than us.
Bowman

Lompoc, CA

#7 May 28, 2008
antonioj wrote:
what a shame, where is common sense and compassion
I agree, let all the Hatians immigrate to Quebec.
Jorge Strofer

Port Orange, FL

#8 Mar 21, 2009
It is true that some Dominicans, feel certain emotions against Hatians, however from what I have seen, it is not because of the color of the skin because in the DR you find black citizens calling Hatians "monkey" or other nicknames of the same sort. It is actually shameful to see this in my country. I personally think it's not something regarding to race but rather to the past, in which the Dominican Republic obtained their independence. I've seen other international black sectors in the country and they don't get racism in any sort. Other Dominicans, though, actually help Haitians by giving them jobs. I personally get very well with Haitians living in my country, and I would never intend to mistreat them in any shape or form. Dominicans that insult Haitians don't even know what they're saying because the real and crude truth is that our economy depends on the Haitians. It is true that Haiti is not going through its best of times right now but that might as well be us in a few years, we never know. I personally would love to visit Haiti and I am planning to do so in a few years, I've been so curious about the other part of our Island, our brother. There is no point in thinking about war. Both nations Haiti and the Dominican Republic are developing countries, and war will only harm both nations. We, Dominicans and Haitians, share the same Island, we shall not fight, indeed we shall support ourselves to see if it's possible to find a way to pay our external debts and stop depending on other countries.

“Black-Latino-Whi te-Unite”

Since: Mar 09

Dallas

#9 Mar 21, 2009
Mira Mi Gente, Mis Domincanos que estamos haciendo??

This war is nothing more than modern day racism at its highest. More than 1 million of the Dominican population are Hatian. The Dominicans refuse to let children born in the Dom. Rep. of Haitian heritage to be citizens. The vast majority of Dominicans have African blood. The vast majority of Dominicans are blacks son NEGROS. However the idea of being a Latino from Dom. Republic has put the idea of one being "Exempt from blackness" in the Dominican mind. One Black Dominican does not have the rights to treat another Black Hatian in a inhumane way. Coming from a Latin knowledge and Dominican extended family, I understand a thing or two. The Dominicanos are some of the most beautiful people in the world. The culture is like no other nor the people. But the Hatians and my Creole people are just as beautiful and deseriving to be on the Hispanola island without hatred. The Hatians have to learn to cooperate with the Dominicans and vise versa. The Hatians in the DOM. REP. need to be treated better as they are a backbone of the Dominican nation. Also, Black Dominicans need to embrace who they are!!!! These are HUGE strides but can be accomplish por la fuerza de Dios.(through the strenght of God)
tommy

Bronx, NY

#10 Apr 6, 2009
hola
tommy

Bronx, NY

#11 Apr 6, 2009
antonioj wrote:
what a shame, where is common sense and compassion
hola amigo

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