Children born in the United States are by law entitled to U.S. citizenship, regardless of whether their parents are citizens. However, Texas is allegedly erecting very high barriers to undocumented immigrants looking to get birth certificates for their children. There is a lawsuit in Texas, filed in the U.S. District Court in Austin, addressing this issue.
“As a result of this situation, hundreds, and possibly thousands, of parents from Mexico and Central America have recently been denied birth certificates for their Texas-born children,” the suit reads.
The issue at the heart of the matter is a state policy that says state registrars can’t accept identification cards given to foreign nationals by consulates as a form of identification when processing birth certificates. This policy means many undocumented immigrants do not have any identification that registrars will accept as valid when they seek to get U.S. birth certificates for their U.S.-born children.
Advocates say this policy has been enforced much more harshly since 2013, when more efforts toward immigration reform began to come from the White House. Some immigration reform plans would have the parents of U.S.-born children protected from deportation.