Wednesday, August 29, 2018

U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question


Here is a breaking story from the Washington Post.  Juan has an official American birth certificate showing that he was delivered by a midwife in Brownsville, Texas.  He was a private in the Army, a cadet in the Border Patrol, and now is a state prison guard. But when Juan applied to renew his U.S. passport, the State Department responded that it didn’t believe he was a U.S. citizen. Juan is one of a growing number of people whose official birth records show they were born in the United States but who are now being denied passports. "The Trump administration is accusing hundreds, and possibly thousands, of Hispanics along the border of using fraudulent birth certificates since they were babies, and it is undertaking a widespread crackdown on their citizenship."

In a statement, the State Department said that it “has not changed policy or practice regarding the adjudication of passport applications,” adding that “the U.S.-Mexico border region happens to be an area of the country where there has been a significant incidence of citizenship fraud.” But cases identified by The Washington Post and interviews with immigration attorneys suggest a dramatic shift in both passport issuance and immigration enforcement.


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