Sunday, October 18, 2015

Federal Court Allows Restriction of Issuance of Birth Certificates to Children of Undocumented Immigrants


Here is a troubling story that has made the national news.  On Friday, a federal judge refused to halt Texas officials from denying U.S. birth certificates to children of undocumented immigrants who are born in the United States. Even though the 14th Amendment guarantees U.S. citizenship to persons born in the United States, Texas authorities has restricted the issuance of birth certificates to the U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants.  In his ruling denying an emergency order sought by families, Judge Robert L. Pitman of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio ruled thatr Texas officials can refuse to accept matricula consular cards issued by Mexican consulates as a form of identification to obtain birth certificates for U.S.-born children.

Here is a copy of the order.  Download Texas-birth-certificate 2015  THis is nbot a final decision in the case and the litigation will continue.


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