Haitian migrants and their Dominican-born children — the vast majority of whom are black — have faced an uncertain future in the Dominican Republic for years. The country did away with birthright citizenship in 2004. The reform was enshrined as part of a new constitution in 2010, and a court ruling in 2013 applied the new standard retroactively.
The Open Society Foundation estimated at the time that the ruling could affect as many as 200,000 people, though the Dominican government placed the figure as low as 24,000 — a number that didn’t include people whose births had not been legally registered.
Last year, the Dominican legislature passed a measure mitigating the court ruling. The law allowed those who could provide proof of their birth in Dominican territory to undocumented parents to obtain a migratory permit and apply for naturalization after continuing to reside in the country for another two years. via The Huffington Post.