Reaching out to potential Haitian voters
Former President Hipolito Mejia, leader of a dissident faction within the PRD opposition party went public yesterday, Sunday 8 December to support claims by undocumented people of Haitian descent for Dominican nationality instead of Haitian nationality. Thousands of people who have migrated from Haiti to the Dominican Republic without identity are now claiming Dominican identity. The impasse is that, while there are hundreds of cases where loopholes in the legal procedures have resulted in the documentation of the immigrants as Dominican nationals, most people who have migrated from Haiti still do not have documents. Now the Dominican government has accepted the challenge of legalizing undocumented people, as part of a national push to benefit the extreme poor.
In a commentary in an editorial today, Monday 9 December, Adriano Miguel Tejada of Diario Libre focuses on the political implications of naturalizing thousands of Haitians.
He asks the following questions: “What would be the electoral impact of naturalizing thousands of Haitians in one go in some districts with large concentrations of those persons? Would it benefit the PLD or the PRD, as before the fake IDs benefited Balaguer? Would we see in 2016 deputies or mayors of Haitian descent and maybe even senators?”
Source: DR1, Diariolibre.com
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