SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A report has found that children born in the Dominican Republic of Haitian descent are being increasingly barred from attending school following a court ruling that could lead to tens of thousands of people stripped of their citizenship.
Researchers at the Human Rights Institute at Georgetown University Law Center compiled the report and say dozens of families with school-age children are being turned away and harassed due to arbitrary interpretations of Dominican laws.
Kimberly Fetsick is one of the report's authors. She Friday that some children drop out of school while others are forced into underage labor.
The report analyzed one of the impacts of a September 2013 court ruling that could let the government retroactively strip citizenship mostly from people of Haitian descent born in the Dominican Republic.