Texas Reportedly Denies Birth Certificates To Children Born Of Undocumented Immigrants

| by Sean Kelly

Texas has reportedly denied birth certificates to children born to undocumented parents.

In May, four women filed a join civil rights suit against the Texas Department of State Health Services, alleging discrimination, AL.com reported.

“I’ve never seen such a large number of women with this problem,” lawyer Jennifer Harbury, who is representing the women, told the Texas Observer. “In the past someone might be turned away, but it was always resolved. This is something altogether new.”

The lawsuit stated that the women requested birth certificates for their children and were turned away because of insufficient proof of identity. 

“They are targeting the undocumented population, but immigration is a federal function and not the job of the Department of State Health Services,” Harbury said.

This would be a violation of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, which states that all persons born in the U.S. are to be recognized as U.S. citizens.

"No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges of immunities of citizens of the United States," the amendment continues.

As a result, women are unable to to enroll their children in school or day care. 

“It causes all kinds of problems,” she said. “How is a woman going to prove she’s the child’s parent without a birth certificate?”

Since the filing in May, Harbury said she’s received numerous calls from women who’ve also been refused birth certificates for their children because they were undocumented.

“The phones have been ringing off the hook,” she said. 

Sources: Texas Observer, Aldian News

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