a Few years ago, Junot Diaz, a Pulitzer Prize winning author from the Dominican Republic whose family emigrated to New Jersey in 1974, came back to his native country to take part in a series of lectures on literature, immigration and being Dominican.
Soon, he learned that the Constitutional Court in the Dominican Republic would strip thousands of Dominicans of their citizenship. He spoke up against the decision, calling it “racist,” as it only targeted Dominicans of Haitian descent and Haitian immigrants (Dominicans of European, Asian, Arab and Jewish backgrounds, and from the U.S. as well as other Spanish-speaking countries live there).
As a counter-argument to deporting Haitian immigrants and their Dominican-born children, Diaz pointed out that the island nation heavily relies on the money earned from the Dominican Diaspora which is made of immigrants that live in countries outside the island nation.
Currently, an estimated 500,000 Dominican Haitians and Haitian migrants are being deported to the Haiti-Dominican Republic border. Considering the Dominican Republic’s stance against these immigrants and their children, should Dominican immigrants in the United States and abroad continue to send money to the country?