Wednesday, December 18, 2013

U.S. expresses ‘deep concern’ over Dominican court citizenship ruling

The U.S. State Department said Wednesday that while it has seen a plan by the Dominican Republic to restore legal status to those affected by a controversial citizenship ruling, it still has “deep concern” about the decision’s impact on the status of persons of Haitian descent born on Dominican soil.

“We've urged the government to continue close consultation with international partners and civil society to identify and expeditiously address, in a humane way, concerns regarding the planned scope and reach to affected persons,” said Marie Harf, the State Department’s deputy spokeswoman.

The Dominican constitutional court’s Sept. 23 ruling retroactively stripped citizenship from anyone born in the country to undocumented parents dating back to 1929.

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