Barriers arise for descendants of Spanish Jews seeking right of return | Local News
, 2022-01-03 02:00:00,
More than 500 years after Spain banished tens of thousands of Jews during the Inquisition, the Spanish Parliament made an attempt to atone for the transgression by offering descendants a right of return and a path to citizenship.
The program, approved in 2015, proved popular. But after receiving an onslaught of applications, perhaps over 50,000, Spain recently changed its rules, leaving many applicants in limbo and flatly rejecting others — a move that risked reopening wounds the nation had sought to heal.
Several New Mexico descendants of banished Jews were among those whose applications had stalled. They turned to elected officials for help.
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