We Are All Dominican Rejects Dominican Government’s Propaganda about Dominicans of Haitian Descent

We Are All Dominican expresses its rejection of the Dominican government’s new publicity campaign regarding Dominicans of Haitian descent and the regularization plan. In the video “I have my papers” the government presents a false narrative of the experience of Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian migrants in navigating the bureaucratic and legal labyrinth established by the Dominican government to deprive Dominican-born people of their citizenship and to create near-impossible hurdles to obtaining legal immigration status, respectively. It also does not reflect the intimidation and fear facing Haitian migrants who have been fleeing the country since the end of the registration period (See report by Vice News here).

The piece refers to Dominicans of Haitian descent as “Haitians,” despite also acknowledging that they were born in the Dominican Republic. With this propaganda the Dominican government wishes to show that it has completed its long process of converting hundreds of thousands of people born on Dominican soil at a time when the Constitution recognized them as citizens, into foreigners. We were not convinced by its shameless legal manipulations and we are not convinced by this lame propaganda. We are ALL Dominican!

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La agrupación We Are All Dominican (Somos Todos/as Dominicanos/as) rechaza rotundamente la nueva campaña publicitaria del gobierno dominicano sobre dominicanos/as de ascendencia haitiana y el plan de regularización. El video “Ya tengo mis papeles” presenta una imagen falsa de la experiencia de dominicanos/as de ascendencia haitiana y migrantes haitianos/as en navegar el laberinto burocrático-legal establecido por el gobierno dominicano para despojar a personas nacidas en territorio dominicano de su ciudadanía y crear obstáculos imposibles para obtener un estátus migratorio regular, respectivamente.

El video se refiere a los/as dominicanos/as de ascendencia haitiana como “haitianos,” a pesar de reconocer que nacieron en el país. Con esta propaganda el gobierno pretende demostrar que ha completado el largo proceso de convertir en extranjeros a cientos de miles de personas nacidas en territorio dominicano cuando la Constitución vidente los reconocía como dominicanos. No nos convencieron con sus manipulaciones legales y tampoco lo harán con esta propaganda. Somos TODOS/AS dominicanos/as!

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