Dominican Republic lawmakers pass citizenship bill

It is still exclusionary and aimed to encourage people of Haitian origin to leave…

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Slightly old news but extremely important! The Dominican senate has unanimously approved a bill to set up a system to grant citizenship to Dominican-born children of immigrants. President Danilo Medina had urged lawmakers to pass the bill swiftly to create “a country without exclusion and without discrimination.” The new law is not without detractors, since it will create different categories for people, depending on whether they have documents proving they were born in the Dominican Republic. This may still allow a wide loophole for discrimination.

The bill had already been approved by the lower house on Friday. It was proposed by the president after the country’s highest court ruled last year that the children of undocumented migrants were not automatically eligible for Dominican nationality. The ruling drew international criticism and soured relations with Haiti. The two countries share the island of Hispaniola and the overwhelming majority of undocumented migrants to…

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