The United States and other nations must pressure the Dominican Republic to change a heartless policy that wrongly panders to citizens who have long had little love for their poor, desperate Haitian neighbors.
The policy builds on a reprehensible 2013 court ruling that stripped ethnic Haitians born in the Dominican Republic of their DR citizenship. The Dominican Republican Constitutional Court ruled that all Dominican citizens born after 1928 must have at least one Dominican parent – a harsh decision that could now banish thousands of Dominican-born Haitians to a country they have never visited.
Under pressure, Dominican officials allowed the children of foreign-born parents to present documents, such as birth certificates, so they can get residential permits and later become naturalized citizens. via | Cleveland.com