Thousands in the Dominican Republic could be made effectively stateless by the expiration at midnight on Monday of a deadline for those born to undocumented foreigners to apply for legal status, Amnesty International warned.
As many as 200,000 people, mostly descended from Haitian immigrants, could now face deportation even though they were born in the Dominican Republic, Reuters reported.
On Friday, two days before the deadline facing those born to documented immigrants after 1929, just short of 7,000 had filed the necessary paperwork to obtain their birth certificates, an official told the EFE news service, adding that the deadline would not be extended. In recent weeks, long lines have reportedly formed in the capital Santo Domingo as thousands hurried to register. via: Latin America News Dispatch