Thursday, June 12, 2014

Dominican Naturalization Law Met With Hope, Skepticism

By Voices of NY, from El Diario-La Prensa
May 22, 2014
Translated by Karina Casiano

Legal experts and Dominicans living in New York expressed hope as the Dominican Senate Wednesday approved a law to legalize the status of thousands of people of Haitian descent who are currently in legal limbo, El Diario/La Prensa reports.

A story by Juan Matossian says that the naturalization law presented by President Danilo Medina seeks to bring a “fair resolution” to a “cycle of irregularities” created by the Constitutional Court’s ruling in September of 2013. The law stripped people born in 1929 or later to undocumented foreign parents of their birthright to Dominican citizenship.

“This is a great advance in our quest for solutions to the problem of respecting the citizenship of people of Haitian descent and to solve the problem of migration in a fair manner,” said Milagros Ricourt, professor of Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College. [...]

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