The Hypocrisy of CARICOM about Haiti.

Mr_DR

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Caricom discriminates against Haiti by asking for visas

Caricom has accused the Dominican Republic of discriminating against Haitians by not granting automatic citizenship and has demanded a revocation of Constitutional Ruling 168-13 that confirms the restrictions to jus solis. In response, the Dominican Republic argues that it is a small country with limited resources that cannot cope with unlimited immigration. Constitutional Ruling 168-13 reaffirms limited birth right citizenship that was instituted in 1929.

PRSC legislator Maximo Castro Silverio now says that Caricom requires visas from Haitians seeking to travel to Caribbean community countries, as reported in El Nacional. This requirement is not made to any other member of Caricom, he points out.

"They have no moral standing to talk about discrimination by the Dominican Republic, because they themselves do not want [the Haitians] in their territory by making admission conditional. All citizens move freely between the Caricom member nations without a visa, with the exception of Haitians," he said.

Caricom member states are: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago.

Castro Silverio said it would be interesting if Caricom revealed the number of Haitians who live on those islands in comparison to the hundreds of thousands who live in the Dominican Republic.

"While that happens in Caricom, tens of thousands of Haitians work here in construction, on farms, study at universities and have managerial jobs in many companies," he said.

On Saturday 24 November, Caricom chose to again defer the Dominican Republic's request for full membership in the organization on the grounds that the country discriminates against Haitians.

Diputado afirma pa?ses de Caricom discriminan haitianos -
 

windeguy

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Are you saying the Dominicans can currently go to Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago without a visa?
 

malko

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If the dominican republic had caricom memebership, yes, which is not the case.
 

bronzeallspice

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What the article is trying to convey is that Haiti as a member of Caricom is the only country amongst its members where visa is required from its citizens to travel to these countries.
 

the gorgon

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Mr DR, would you mind explaining wherein the hypocrisy lies? has Caricom ever tried to make the argument that the DR should open its borders to an unrestricted ingress of Haitians? if it has, please point me to some documentary evidence. the visa ruling is designed to prevent a flood of Haitians into Caricom territories, which is what is happening in the DR because of the geographic juxtaposition.

last i checked, the CARICOM objection is to a singular situation; citizenship, or the stripping thereof. that is not the same as immigration control, therefore those who can see discrimination and hypocrisy in the visa ruling are completely confused. guys like Maximo Castro need to sharpen their intellectual tools.