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This affected not only the children of immigrants, but their grandchildren and even great-grandchildren.Tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent were left in legal limbo or without any nationality, international human rights groups like Human Rights Watch complained.Active Citizens, Civil Society, Development & Aid, Economy & Trade, Editors' Choice, Featured, Gender, Headlines, Human Rights, Labour, Latin America & the Caribbean, Migration & Refugees, Population, Poverty & SDGs, Regional Categories, Terra Viva United Nations, Women & Economy Two women selling fruit, grains and vegetables in the Little Haiti street market in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic.
But shelter administrators and migrant advocates along the route report that many Haitians continue to move north through the Americas, undeterred by news of the full resumption of deportations in the United States. Pisani said it was “very probable” that with the humanitarian door closed, more Haitians arriving at the United States’ southern border would seek asylum.
In response to the international outrage, the Dominican government passed a special law on naturalisation that set a limited period – May 2014 to February 2015 – for people born to undocumented foreign parents between 19 to apply for citizenship.
Antonia Abreu, one of the few street vendors who agreed to talk to IPS about the harsh reality faced by Haitian immigrants in the Dominican Republic, at her street stall where she sells flowers in the Little Haiti neighbourhood in Santo Domingo.
Credit: Dionny Matos/IPS But only 8,755 people managed to register under this law.
At the same time, the authorities implemented a national plan for foreigners to regularise their status, from June 2014 to June 2015.