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Dominican Republic Passes Law for Migrants’ Children

Under international pressure, the Dominican Republic is poised to create a path to citizenship for tens of thousands of people of Haitian descent whose legal right to reside in the country had been thrown in doubt by a court ruling last year.

Yet human rights groups said that while the plan could help a broad group of the people whose legal status was cast into limbo, many others would not benefit and could be eligible for deportation from a country where they were born and lived all their lives.

The plan seeks to mollify an international uproar after the Dominican Republic’s constitutional court ruled last September that people born there to illegal migrants do not have the right to citizenship, even if the Dominican Republic is the only country they have lived in or know.

Human rights organizations said some 200,000 people could be affected, while the government said the number was much lower, around 24,000.

The ruling upset the Haitian government and generated a debate over racism, since the vast majority of people affected were those of Haitian descent born to migrant workers who cut sugar cane, build houses, clean buildings and take other low-skill, low-pay jobs. Supporters of the ruling said it reflected the country’s struggles to cope with waves of immigrants who fill menial jobs but tax public services.

Under a bill presented by President Danilo Medina, children born to foreign parents could be citizens, provided they have Dominican government identification documents and are in the civil registry.

Those without documents could apply for legal residency and eventually citizenship if they can prove they were born in the Dominican Republic, something human rights groups said could be difficult for many people who lacked the awareness to seek or keep birth certificates or other records.

The country’s Senate approved the bill Wednesday night, after passage by the Assembly last week. Mr. Medina is expected to endorse it quickly and make it law.

Advocates for Haitian migrants and their children said the change was an important, if imperfect, step. While it may clear up and validate the legal status of thousands of people, many others, including some of the poorest who lack documents, may remain in limbo or be forced to register as foreigners, no matter how long they had been there.

“It was an important gesture from the Dominican government in recognizing citizenship rights,” said Liliana Gamboa, who coordinates an antidiscrimination project for the Open Society Foundations in the Dominican Republic. “It’s a practical solution for a lot of people. But legally it is still very problematic. It undermines the rights for many who are in fact Dominican nationals.”

She said Mr. Medina had sought a “practical and political solution” that would meet the approval of conservative legislators bent on expelling descendants of Haitians, as well as moderates concerned that the ruling tarnished the country’s reputation and was unfair to people who in many other countries would have automatic rights to citizenship.

Anibal de Castro, the Dominican ambassador to the United States, called the plan “a just and equitable solution.”

“The bill’s swift passage underscores the Dominican people’s overwhelming support for an inclusive policy that will help move the country forward and benefit the whole island of Hispaniola,” he said in a statement.

Fonte: New York Times - 22.05.2014


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