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Dominicans of Haitian Descent Cast Into Legal Limbo by Court

 

Dominicans of Haitian Descent Cast Into Legal Limbo by Court

Source : The New York Times

 

 

 Meridith Kohut for The New York Times

 

Stripped of Statehood: The Dominican Republic’s top court has declared that the children of undocumented Haitian migrants are no longer entitled to citizenship.

Published: October 24, 2013
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Published: October 24, 2013
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — For generations, people of Haitian descent have been an inextricable part of life here, often looked at with suspicion and dismay, but largely relied on all the same to clean rooms, build things cheaply and provide the backbreaking labor needed on the country’s vast sugar plantations.
Now, intensifying a long and furious debate over their place in this society, the nation’s top court has declared that the children of undocumented Haitian migrants — even those born on Dominican soil decades ago — are no longer entitled to citizenship, throwing into doubt the status of tens of thousands of people here who have never known any other national identity.

“I am Dominican,” said Ana María Belique, 27, who was born in the Dominican Republic and has never lived anywhere else, but has been unable to register for college or renew her passport because her birth certificate was no longer accepted. “I don’t know Haiti. I don’t have family or friends there. This is my home.” Read More

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