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View Diary: If you are black, get out: The crisis of statelessness in the Dominican Republic (208 comments)

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  •  There is another side to the story (4+ / 0-)

    Haiti brutally ruled what is now the Dominican Republic for two decades in the 19th century. The War of Independence of the Dominican Republic was against Haiti, not Spain.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    Yes, I know it is astonishing that that this dirt poor country that barely functions at all used to have an aggressive expansionist foreign policy, but that is the history.

    Mexico had a similar law until 1917 -- descendants of Americans were excluded from Mexican birthright citizenship. That is why George Romney, Mitt's father, was never a Mexican citizen even though he was born in Mexico. (Since 1917 Mexico's nationality law is almost identical to that of the US.)

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