The government of the Dominican Republic has announced that it will comply with a ruling that denies Dominican nationality to anyone born to undocumented immigrants.
The decision was made after a meeting of the National Council on Migration to discuss sentence 168/13 of the Constitutional Court.
According to the Council, the Central Electoral Assembly have 30 days to submit a report on the impact the sentencing will have on foreigners registered within the national systems, a massive undertaking, given the ruling affects anyone born in the country since 1929.
The migration council will develop a Plan to Regularise Foreigners in 60 days and will proceed with the formation of the National Institute of Migration, assigning an executive director.
At the time of the court decision, president of the Electoral Board, Roberto Rosario, stated that the withdrawal of citizenship “does not take away their right to citizenship; it grants the opportunity to access citizenship and regularise their situation”.
Civil society organisations were asked to make recommendations to implement the National Plan for the Regularisation of Foreigners (PNRE) and have since come up with suggestions in the lead up to this latest meeting.
After the meeting today, Roberto Rodriguez Marchena, the official spokesperson of the president, stated that the government understands the plight of individuals who consider themselves Dominican and feel that their rights have been taken. He also stated that the government is looking for solutions with the relevant institutional bodies to resolve the issue in a “humanitarian and coherent way”.
He concluded by affirming the country’s commitment to the constitution, national laws, and international treaties on human rights. He also stated that the regularisation process would be implemented in a “transparent and clear way”.
During the official announcement, however, journalists were not allowed to ask questions on the regularisation process.