Baseball Scandal Highlights Ethnic Haitian Difficulties

By Mariel Beasley, Staff Editor

Reports of Marlins’ closing pitcher, Leo Nunez, using fake documents to sign a professional contract adds an additional element to the debate surrounding birth certificates in the Dominican Republic, which has received international criticism for its policies surrounding citizenship for ethnic Haitians. The ease with which Dominican baseball players can get false documents contrasts starkly with the on-going difficulties that Dominicans of Haitian descent have in retaining their valid documents. It will be interesting to see if the Dominican Republic will be able to effectively combat document falsification amidst allegations of human rights violations.

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