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How U.S. Government is Complicit in DR Citizenship Crisis

While the Obama administration has criticized Donald Trump’s threats to deport undocumented immigrants, it has allowed the Dominican Republic (DR) to not only do that but also to deport people who were considered Dominican citizens as recently as 2013! In a 2013 court ruling in DR, citizenship was officially stripped from anyone who did not have at least one DR-born parent (all the way back to 1929). This left an estimated 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent stateless. The US, however, continues to provide military aid to DR though DR’s military is often involved in deportations.

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Inquirer editorial: Dominican Haitians are people without a country

Editorial, Philadelphia Inquirer

August 9, 2016

President Obama has been very critical of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s threat to arrest and send home millions of undocumented immigrants, but his administration has said little about a deplorable deportation program affecting Dominican-born Haitians, the largest stateless population in the Western Hemisphere.

In 2010, the Dominican Republic amended its constitution to deny citizenship to anyone born in the country who didn’t have at least one parent who was born there too. Overnight, 200,000 Dominicans of Haitian descent were stripped of citizenship. The country’s Supreme Court upheld the amendment in 2013, and in the past year more than 60,000 people have been deported.

Some deportees moved into pop-up shantytowns on Haiti’s border without anyone to contact on that side of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. Neither did they speak Creole, as Haitians do; Dominicans speak Spanish. Quener Joseph, a Philadelphian of Haitian descent, says “a lot of kids with ID now can’t go to high school, definitely not college. They can’t open a bank account or buy a car. It’s shameful, and humiliating.”


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