What if you woke up today and were told that you, your parents and your grandparents were no longer citizens of Jamaica? What if you were made to suddenly apply for permanent residency in order to remain in Jamaica and were told that your birth certificate was now invalid? This means that you would no longer be a citizen, you would lose your right to vote, to education, and to freedom of movement.
Today, this is the reality facing thousands of Dominicans who have been rendered stateless as a result of the recent decision of the Supreme Court in the Dominican Republic (DR).
On September 23, the Dominican Constitutional Court handed down a decision that retroactively stripped the citizenship of hundreds of thousands of the country\’s denizens. The court determined that anyone born to non-Dominican parents, who were undocumented when they entered the country, after 1929, had no claim to citizenship. via – Jamaica Gleaner