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Dominican senate approves citizenship bill

Last year, the Dominican Republic announced a ruling that left thousand of Dominicans of Haitian descent stateless and stripped of their citizenship. After longstanding debate between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and public outcry from the international community, Dominican lawmakers unanimously approved a naturalized citizenship bill that would permit individuals without proper documentation 90 days to register for regular immigration status, and after two years of residency apply for full citizenship. Dominican citizenship bill gets final OK in Senate EZEQUIEL ABIU LOPEZ, Miami Herald May 21, 2014 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — The Senate gave final legislative approval Wednesday night to a bill that will set up a system for granting naturalized citizenship and permanent residency to people of Haitian descent born in this Caribbean country. All 26 lawmakers present in the Senate chamber voted for the bill during an […]

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