Tuesday, February 11, 2014

NY activists protest racist Dominican Republic immigration law

A New York-based campaign is trying to raise awareness about a new law in the Dominican Republic that will take away citizenship from hundreds of thousands of residents, primarily of Haitian ancestry.

The group "We Are All Dominican" held a public forum Saturday to talk about a law passed in 2013 that denies citizenship to people born in the Dominican Republic whose parents migrated to the country after 1928.

Protesters of the law in the city and in the Caribbean view it as an attack on people whose origins lie in Haiti, which shares a border with the Dominican Republic.

Activists at the forum in Washington Heights called for the law to be repealed.

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