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Ex-Dominican leader has softer line on citizenship

April 8, 2014
Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The former and possibly future president of the Dominican Republic is taking a softer line than his country's government on the issue of whether the children of migrants should be eligible for citizenship.

Leonel Fernandez says all those who already have Dominican birth certificates should be granted Dominican nationality.

The Constitutional Court ruled in September that people born in the country should not have citizenship unless their parents were Dominican citizens or legal residents. Human rights groups say the law strips citizenship from more than 200,000 people, though the government says the figure is about 13,000.

Fernandez says granting citizenship to those with birth certificates would fix the problem. The former president, who may seek to return to office in 2016, spoke Tuesday to the Palm Beach Strategic Forum in Florida.



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