Thousands Face Possible Deportation From Dominican Republic
The push to register or deport Haitian immigrants has been criticized by human rights groups who fear the move is motivated by racism.By Kate Grumke, Steven Sparkman | June 18, 2015
Hundreds of thousands of immigrants face possible deportation from the Dominican Republic Thursday after a deadline to register for legal status passed. The majority of those immigrants are from Haiti.
Local outlets report when the deadline passed, thousands of people were still waiting in line to register. A Dominican official said 275,000 people had registered, but that is little more than half of the estimated number of foreign-born migrant workers living in the country. (Video via CDN)
The move stems from a 2013 Constitutional Court ruling which said children of immigrants would no longer be considered Dominican citizens unless they had at least one Dominican parent, even if they were born in the country, and applied the ruling retroactively as far back as 1929. (Video via Telenoticias)