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Nadege Green / WLRN

Hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent could face deportation from the Dominican Republic after a constitutional ruling stripped them of their citizenship.

South Florida has one of the largest Haitian populations in the U.S., and over the past few weeks, the Haitian community here has mobilized, holding protests and meetings.

Nadege Green

On Wednesday the Miami Workers Center, a Miami-based social justice group, hosted a standing-room-only community forum about the potential mass deportation of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent from the Dominican Republic.

Mirissa Neff

June 18, 2015 is a day many Haitians dreaded.

It is the final day Haitians could receive residency documents allowing them to remain in the Dominican Republic permanently or else be deported.

In 2013, the Dominican Republic Supreme Court ruled that anyone born to non-citizens, even as far back as 1929, must have legal residency papers or else they will be expelled. 

Nadege Green / WLRN

Haitian-rights activists rallied in Little Haiti Thursday morning to decry a Dominican Republic court ruling that strips thousands born in the Dominican Republic of their citizenship.

In 2013, the Dominican Constitutional Court passed a ruling retroactively denying citizenship to anyone born after 1929 who doesn’t have one parent of Dominican blood.  

After public outcry and pressure from the international community, the Dominican Republic passed new legislation allowing people with Dominican birth certificates to regain their citizenship.

Immigration Activists Respond To DACA Ruling

Jun 3, 2015
Miami Herald

The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday on a resolution to support executive action on immigration. Last week, a federal appeals court decided not to overturn an order halting President Obama’s program, which would have deferred deportation for undocumented immigrants who arrived here as children, and their parents.

A federal appeals court yesterday refused a request from U.S. Justice Department lawyers to appeal an earlier ruling that halted President Obama’s controversial immigration program back in February.

The ruling comes as a victory for Texas and 25 other states that led the charge against the program that would protect from deportation more undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children, as well as older undocumented immigrants who had U.S. citizen children.

Lisann Ramos

On Tuesday the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans denied a request by the U.S. Department of Justice to lift the hold on President Obama’s executive action on immigration. That hold was put in place by a Texas judge in February.

This decision further delays the implementation of the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) and expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs. Those would prevent deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants.

Marco Rubio Makes Presidential Run Official

Apr 14, 2015
John O'Connor / WLRN

Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida says he’s running for president in 2016.

Rubio made the announcement to about 1,000 supporters packed into downtown Miami's Freedom Tower.

Marco Rubio said the lessons he’s learned as the son of Cuban immigrants will guide him if elected president.

“I am humbled by the realization that America – America doesn’t owe me anything; but I have a debt to America I must try to repay,” he says. "This isn't just the country where I was born. America is literally the place that changed my family's history."

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:      

Miami Herald

The U.S. Justice Department this week announced it will not charge George Zimmerman with civil rights violations in the case of the killing of Trayvon Martin.

Martin's death preceded several recent killings of young, unarmed black men that have sent protesters to the streets, renewing the conversation about police relations with minority communities.

Ryan Stone for NPR

Joy, surprise, disappointment, hope, and the many shades of emotion in between were expressed center stage during a night of conversation and storytelling about immigration on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Michel Martin, former host of NPR’s “Tell Me More,” hosted the show "Long Way Home: Immigrant Stories of Old Roots and New Routes" in collaboration with WLRN. The production is part of a series of live events Martin has been hosting across the country.

Immigration is a subject of intense political debate but it is also the subject of great art. For centuries, American writers and performers of all backgrounds have grappled with what it means to cross land and water — sometimes by choice, sometimes not — to take up life in a new world.

On Feb. 24, I will be joined in Miami by some of the country's most exciting young writers and performers who have also made such journeys and who have taken up the vital task of telling us what it means.

Nadege Green / WLRN

After the deadly 2010 Haiti earthquake, the United States halted all deportations to the island nation.

One year later, deportations resumed to Haiti amid a deadly cholera outbreak.

Wildrick Guerrier was one of 27 men deported to Haiti from the U.S. on Jan 20, 2011, according to a recently released study by human rights groups that documents the impact of returning deportees to a post-earthquake Haiti.

Guerrier developed cholera-like symptoms after being jailed in Haiti, a customary practice when deportees return. One week after his arrival, he died.

Lisann Ramos

A Texas Circuit Court Judge ruled against President Obama's executive action on immigration Monday night. This puts on hold immigration programs DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents) and the expansion of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

South Florida immigration groups aren't taking this decision lying down.

On Tuesday, several groups gathered to protest the judge's decision. DAPA and the DACA expansion have been put on hold,  but some undocumented Floridians are still optimistic. 

Florida U.S. Senator Marco Rubio is still pondering a run for the White house.

And Democrats are already taking shots at Rubio -- especially on his big issue, immigration.

Some are claiming he has back tracked on favoring immigration reform that that includes a pathway to citizenship for people in this country illegally now.

One of those Democrats is the Democratic National Committee Chair -- Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

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