On the shortlist of the things that divide us as a nation is immigration. Like any issue, it has two sides that are so deeply entrenched that it is now a political issue for votes instead of a humanitarian one for humanity’s sake. The right stands behind its inherent right to be a sovereign nation, making its own rules. On the left, we have the globalists espousing America’s responsibility to the success and well-being of the rest of the world. But clearly, this debate is not uniquely American, as presented in Michèle Stephenson’s documentary, Stateless.
“…the Dominican Republic’s Supreme Court stripped the citizenship of anyone with Haitian parents…”
Stephenson’s film takes on the immigration and citizenship battle being waged today in the Dominican Republic. Haiti and the Dominican Republic share the island of Hispaniola, and their relationship has been rocky from the start. In 1937, tens of thousands of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent were murdered by the Dominican army to “whiten” the population. In 2018, the Dominican Republic’s Supreme Court stripped the citizenship of anyone with Haitian parents, going back to 1929. The ruling left over 200,000 people stateless with no country to claim as home.
Stateless follows the efforts of attorney Rosa Iris as she advocates for the restored rights of the “stateless,” but also attempts a grassroots campaign to remove President Danilo Medina from office during the upcoming election. We’re shown political speeches from Medina claiming that the so-called “stateless” problem doesn’t exist, but Stephenson’s documentary proves he’s lying and pandering to his base.