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‘Stateless’ Haitians get legal foothold

Migrants start to receive papers needed for rights

SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS, Dominican Republic — Julien Henrique spent 50 years toiling in the sugar cane fields of the Dominican Republic and 10 more trying to collect a meager monthly pension after he left the company.

Born in neighboring Haiti, Henrique never received a birth certificate before crossing the Dominican border as a young man, when passports were unnecessary for those willing to cut cane under the punishing sun.

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