Junot Diaz

On Thursday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) urged the Dominican Republic to restore nationality of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent who are currently stateless. A recent court ruling in the Dominican Republic stated that those born in the Dominican Republic before 2004 may only be granted citizenship if at least one of their parents was a legal resident.

One widely-recognized novelist is speaking out against the Dominican government for the ruling: Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz. Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and came to the U.S. at age 6. He is an American citizen.

The author condemned the ruling in both Spanish and English on his Facebook page. He told NBC Latino in a phone interview that it is a “horrifying, tragic irony that a country that has sent so many immigrants into the world who have suffered similar types of policies and types of stigma is victimizing its own immigrants.”

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