Following U.S .occupation of the Dominican Republic (1916-1924), the American sugar industry, led by Gulf and Western was the engine that fueled development while depending on government backed trafficking of laborers from Haiti and other Caribbean islands into the sugar cane fields of the Dominican Republic. This collaboration made American and Dominican Sugar inseparable and secured for the Dominican Republic the exportation of its sugar to the US at twice its value on the world market.
Today, the children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of these sugar cane workers are being denied their civil and citizenship rights in the Dominican Republic. As Americans, we have paid too much for sugar not to have a voice in this matter. The American Sugar Refining Group which currently owns the land holdings previously owned by Gulf and Western has been silent on this court ruling while many of its workers and former workers and their descendants are being discriminated against because of their ancestral origins.
U.S. sugar companies operating in the Dominican Republic have a moral obligation to condemn the Dominican Court ruling TC 168-13 which springs from a social situation that they helped to create and from which they have profited handsomely. The American Sugar Refining Group in particular as the heir of Gulf and Western has leverage in the Dominican Republic which it must use to rectify this situation