Monday, December 23, 2013

US Cardinal O'Malley urges Dominican Republic action against racist Dominican citizenship ruling

Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley is urging action on an immigration controversy that has strained relations between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the two nations that share the island of Hispaniola.

In a Dec. 16 letter sent to the Dominican Republic's Ambassador to United States, Anibal de Castro Rodriguez, Cardinal O'Malley called on the government and people of the Dominican Republic to reject a high court decision that could render hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent "stateless."

On Sept. 23, the country's Constitutional Court ruled that children born to undocumented immigrants since 1929 would no longer be considered citizens.

"At Christmastime we relive the events of Christ's life, beginning with the Holy Family's search for lodging in Bethlehem where there was no room in the inn. It is my hope that at this Christmas season the government and people of the Dominican Republic will reject these unjust rulings that cause so much pain and suffering," the cardinal said in his letter, which was released to The Pilot Dec. 17.

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