​Illegal immigrants sue Texas for denying birth certificates to U.S.-born children

Texas is being sued over their policy to deny birth certificates to children of undocumented immigrants.

News Story (Texas)

Maya Kaufman
CBS News
July 23, 2015
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Tags: Birth Certificates, Immigration Process

Organizations mentioned/involved: Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA)


The forms of ID undocumented immigrants do have are frequently stolen in their journey to the U.S. by “coyotes,” individuals who help immigrants cross the border, or they expire. Once the immigrants arrive in the U.S., they are not able to replace them.

“The state can ask for identification for people asking for birth certificates, but they need to accept reasonable forms of identification that will not completely exclude undocumented persons,” Jennifer Harbury, an attorney with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid who is representing the children in the case, told CBS News. “They’ve made it so strict that they’ve locked most of the undocumented community out.”