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Two Versions of a Dominican Tale – NYTimes.com


The Dominican Republic has a legitimate interest in regulating immigration and having clear rules for acquisition of citizenship. It should not be pressured by outside actors and other countries to implement measures contrary to its own Constitution and that would be unacceptable to most other nations facing similar immigration pressures.

The Dominican government is fully aware of the plight of the children of illegal Haitian migrants born in the country who lack identity documents. This does not, however, render them stateless. As your article says, Haiti’s Constitution bestows citizenship on any person born of Haitian parents anywhere in the world.

A key component of the Constitutional Tribunal’s ruling was a mandate to provide people affected with temporary residence permits until a regularization plan is in place. These allow them to remain and work in the country. via  – NYTimes.com

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