Ambassador: “The Naturalization Law could serve as a guide for the US”
SD. The Dominican ambassador in Washington, Anibal de Castro, said that the consultative approach used by the country for the writing of the Law of the Special Regime and Naturalization which benefits thousands of undocumented persons, could serve as a guide for the United States and other countries that face similar immigration problems.
In an article titled “Dominican Republic complies with immigration promise”, published last Tuesday in the United States newspaper, The Miami Herald, the diplomat indicated that as nearby partners, the Dominican Republic oftentimes looks to the United States when it needs inspiration to activate the largest economy in the Caribbean.
“When you are dealing with highly charged issues of immigration and citizenship, nevertheless, the United State should be able to pick up some valuable lessons from the Dominican example,” said De Castro.
He explained that the law establishes a special regime for persons born in the national territory who were improperly registered in the Dominican Civil Registry and their naturalization is the product of a broad and inclusive consultation with diverse sectors of Dominican society and validates the status of those that currently possess irregular or invalid documentation as Dominican citizens.
He stressed that the national consultations and the opinions of the international community such as Caricom, the European Union, the United Nations, Haiti and the United States itself took time to be analyzed.
De Castro indicated that the conversations permitted the government to build a broad consensus as the document was being written and that they did not run from controversial issues and criticism, and they “remained firm in their commitment to find a complete and inclusive solution.”
“The legislative proposal on the fast track for passage through the Congress underscores the overwhelming support of the Dominican people for an innovative policy that will help the country come out ahead and benefit all of the island of Hispaniola. A recent public opinion survey indicated that 72% of the Dominican population is comfortable with the legislative proposal,” said De Castro.
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