October 31, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - The recent decision by the highest court in the Dominican Republic to cancel the citizenship of three generations of residents is meeting a firestorm of protest, with human rights advocates warning of a humanitarian nightmare for the entire Caribbean region. The Dominican Constitutional Court, citing the country's 2010 constitution, retroactively stripped the citizenship of people born after 1929 to parents without Dominican ancestry, declaring that they were residing in the country illegally or with temporary permits.
October 30, 2013 |
A recent decision by the Constitutional Court in the Dominican Republic effectively clears the way for officials to retroactively strip the citizenship of tens of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent. The ruling - that children born to Haitian immigrants are essentially foreigners in the country of their birth - is arbitrary and unjust and could potentially create one of the largest groups of stateless people in recent years. Until recently, "birthright citizenship" was an established part of Dominican law, meaning that anyone born in the country was automatically eligible to be a citizen.
October 24, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - After months of insisting the House should take up the comprehensive immigration bill that passed the Senate in June, President Obama changed tactics Thursday and said he might consider GOP proposals to overhaul separate parts of the immigration system. The White House is hoping that public anger at the 16-day government shutdown has so badly damaged the GOP that House Republican leaders will consider immigration reform as a way to improve their popularity with moderate voters.
October 8, 2013 |
An Arizona plan to tighten voter registration would create a two-tiered voting system in time for next year's elections but affect only several thousand people, some of whom could be denied participation in state and local elections, state officials said Tuesday. Voting rights activists, however, said that many more eligible voters probably would choose not to participate because of confusion over the new plan, which is expected to be challenged in court. The new system will essentially have separate voter rolls.
October 7, 2013 |
Arizona plans to require proof of citizenship to vote in statewide races, officials announced Monday, even though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that voters needn't show such documentation when registering to vote with a federal form. In June, the court struck down an Arizona law requiring people registering to vote with federal forms to submit proof of citizenship. Currently, only about 5% of prospective voters register using federal forms; about 95% use state forms. On the federal form, the applicant must swear under penalty of perjury that he or she is a citizen.
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October 1, 2013 |
A federal jury convicted a Moreno Valley man Tuesday of lying on his U.S. citizenship application about his military role in the 1982 massacre of a village during the Guatemalan civil war. Jurors found Jorge Sosa, 55, guilty of making false statements and obtaining citizenship unlawfully, according to his attorney, Shashi Kewalramani. Sosa, a martial arts instructor holding American and Canadian citizenship, faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and having his U.S. citizenship revoked when he is sentenced Dec. 19. "I'm very disappointed," Kewalramani said of the verdict.