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The Faces Of The Stateless In The Dominican Republic
In September, the Dominican Constitutional Court ruled that being born in the country does not automatically grant citizenship, and it directed officials to purge voter rolls of non-citizens, including people born to non-legal residents going back to 1929.
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In this Nov. 12, 2013 photo, Nathalie Berjean, 32, right, poses for a photo with her five children and her cousin in front of their home in Jimani, Dominican Republic, near the border with Haiti. In September, the Dominican Constitutional Court ruled that being born in the country does not automatically grant citizenship, and it directed officials to purge voter rolls of non-citizens, including people born to non-legal residents going back to 1929. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

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In this photo Nov. 12, 2013 photo, Nelie Charles, 13, one of many people of Haitian descent fearing the effects of a recent Dominican court ruling on citizenship, stands in the doorway of her home in Jimani, Dominican Republic, near the border with Haiti. There are accounts of people who have been reported to immigration authorities and deported after squabbling with their neighbors or being abruptly thrown out of the country at a time when their employers are having financial difficulties. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

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In this Nov. 12, 2013 photo, a girl of Haitian descent hangs laundry outside her home while her brother watches in Jimani, Dominican Republic, near the border with Haiti. In September, the Dominican Constitutional Court ruled that being born in the country does not automatically grant citizenship, and it directed officials to purge voter rolls of non-citizens, including people born to non-legal residents going back to 1929. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

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In this Nov. 12, 2013 photo, a man and a boy of Haitian descent rest in front of their home in Jimani, Dominican Republic, near the border with Haiti. Migrant advocates are bracing for abrupt deportations to impoverished Haiti as a result of a recent Dominican court ruling that narrows the definition of citizenship. So far, there have not been mass deportations, but there are growing accounts of people being summarily kicked out of the country, in some cases apparently based solely on the color of their skin. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

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In this Nov. 12, 2013 photo, Calmelo Novas, 84, one of many people of Haitian descent fearing the effects of a recent Dominican court ruling on citizenship, sits in the doorway of his home in Jimani, Dominican Republic, near the border with Haiti. A Dominican Constitutional Court ruling that being born in the country does not automatically grant citizenship is a reflection of deep hostility in the Dominican Republic to the vast number of Haitians who have come to live in their country, many brought over to work in the sugar industry. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

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In this Nov. 13, 2013 photo, Wilver Cuevas Betances pauses during an interview in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Betances was born in the Dominican Republic and never left until he ran into some soldiers at a bus station in Santo Domingo who demanded his passport. I dont have a passport. Im Dominican, the 29-year-old recalls telling the soldiers. Ignoring his pleas they deported him the following day across the border to Haiti. Migrant advocates are bracing for more abrupt deportations to impoverished Haiti as a result of a recent Dominican court ruling that narrows the definition of citizenship. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

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In this Oct. 1, 2013 photo, Manuel de Jesus Dandre, a lawyer and activist for Haitian migrants rights who was born in the D.R. and is of Haitian descent, shows his Dominican ID card and bar license during a news conference in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Constitutional Court ruled that people who were born in the Dominican Republic but whose parents were not either citizens or legal residents, are not automatically entitled to citizenship, and ordered the government and the Electoral Council to compile a list of people who should be stripped of their Dominican birth certificate and identification card. (AP Photo/Manuel Diaz)
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In this Nov. 12, 2013 photo, a Haitian man crosses into Haiti along the border with Jimani, Dominican Republic. In September, the Dominican Constitutional Court ruled that being born in the country does not automatically grant citizenship, including people born to non-legal residents going back to 1929. The ruling is a reflection of deep hostility in the Dominican Republic to the vast number of Haitians who have come to live in their country, many brought in to work in the sugar industry and their descendants. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

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In this Nov. 12, 2013 photo, Luciana Fleumerat, 29, of Haitian descent, stir fries noodles in front of her home in Jimani, Dominican Republic, near the border with Haiti. Migrant advocates are bracing for abrupt deportations to Haiti as a result of a recent Dominican court ruling that narrows the definition of citizenship. So far, there have not been mass deportations, but there are growing accounts of people being summarily kicked out of the country, in some cases apparently based solely on the color of their skin. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

The Faces Of The Stateless In The Dominican Republic

In September, the Dominican Constitutional Court ruled that being born in the country does not automatically grant citizenship, and it directed officials to purge voter rolls of non-citizens, including people born to non-legal residents going back to 1929.

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