Stripped of citizenship, Dominicans of Haitian descent face life in limbo
December 21, 2015
Those without at least one Dominican parent are fighting to stay in the country of their birth
Adonis Peguero, 20, is a well-known fighter in his small town outside Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. He dreams of one day competing for his native country. But because of a 2013 court ruling that effectively stripped Dominican citizenship from residents with Haitian backgrounds without a Dominican parent — and the difficulties of a government program that followed — he may never get the chance. In this America Tonight excerpt, we talk to Peguero and other Dominicans fighting for citizenship that they say is being unfairly taken away and to government officials and some residents who say the registration program was long overdue.