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Immigration reform 2015: undocumented immigrant mothers being harassed, Texas denying birth certificates to their kids

Immigration reform 2015: undocumented immigrant mothers being harassed, Texas denying birth certificates to their kids

Immigration reform 2015: undocumented immigrant mothers being harassed, Texas denying birth certificates to their kids

This is going to create more trouble for many undocumented immigrants. Republican ruled states are trying their best to harass them as much as they can as President Barack Obama struggles to keep his immigration reform agenda alive.

After blocking the implementation of his executive action by managing to get a court injunction, Republicans are working on multiple fronts to terrorize undocumented immigrants.

There are reports that Texas has started denying birth certificate to children born to undocumented immigrants. Earlier parents who came to the U.S. illegally were actually able to acquire birth certificates for their U.S.-born children using photo ID cards issued by their local consulates.Photo courtesy woodtv.com

Now there are many complaints that Texas has started denying the birth certificate to such new born babies. One such mother was quoted by IBTimes as saying, “We need a U.S. license we don’t have; a [Mexican] passport we have, but with a visa we don’t have…It’s not fair. She has a right to her birth certificate. What are we supposed to do?”

This was not the case always. Newborn babies born to undocumented immigrants were given birth certificates without much of trouble. But not anymore. She says that earlier 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.

This is certainly against the law as anyone born in the United States is entitled by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution to U.S. citizenship, including children born to mothers who entered the country illegally. The kids get US citizenship, but parents are often deported to their birth countries. This creates immense trouble in their family lives as children are left without parents to tend to and take care of them. To remedy the immediate needs of children of undocumented parents, state registrars have typically accepted consulate-provided ID to issue birth certificates, which are vital for these U.S.-born children to access medical care, state benefits and school enrollment.

Many such parents went to court in May challenging Texas state officials on this issue. “Officials have refused and continue to refuse to provide the adult plaintiffs with certified copes of the birth certificates for their Texas-born sons and daughters…The lack of a birth certificate, in turn, is causing serious harm to all plaintiffs”, the lawsuit said that was filed in U.S. District Court in Austin.

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