Friday, August 14, 2015

Texas Attempting To Block US-Born Children From Birth Certificates If Mothers Entered Country Illegally, Say Immigrants, Lawyers

By Angelo Young, International Business Times
July 18, 2015

For years, parents who enter the U.S. illegally have been able to acquire birth certificates for their U.S.-born children using photo ID cards issued by their local consulates. But since 2013, immigrant families in south Texas have been denied birth certificates because state registrars are no longer accepting these consulate-issue forms of ID, say a number of immigrants.

“We need a U.S. license we don't have; a [Mexican] passport we have, but with a visa we don't have,” Hiram Ramírez, a 28-year-old mother of three, told the Los Angeles Times in a report published Saturday. “It's not fair. She has a right to her birth certificate. What are we supposed to do?”

Ramírez, a native of the northern Mexican border city of Reynosa, in Tamaulipas state, crossed into the Rio Grande Valley of Texas illegally to start a life in the Texas city of McAllen. The 28-year-old married stay-at-home mom said she was able to obtain birth certificates from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for her first two children, Alejandra Medno, 3, and Esli Mendo, 14, using her consulate-provided identification card and Mexican voter registration card.

But when she tried to get a birth certificated for Dulce, her recently born third child, she said she was turned away by the state registrar in downtown McAllen because she didn’t have any U.S.-issued documents.[...]

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