Texas rebuff of immigrant IDs leaves U.S.-born kids without proof of birth

A recent about-face by state health officials and local clerk's offices on that policy has left dozens of women without the proper proof that their children are U.S. citizens.

News Story (Texas)

Rick Jervis
USA Today
August 17, 2015

Tags: Birth Certificates, Children & Juvenile, Immigration Process

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


In South Texas, 17 immigrant families have filed a federal lawsuit against the state, claiming their rights under U.S. law have been violated.

“A birth certificate is a right,” said Miguel Solis, a trustee with the Dallas Independent School District. “The state is essentially taking away the one tool undocumented parents have to access that right.”

Texas faced a border crisis last year where thousands of unaccompanied minors illegally crossed the state’s southern border with Mexico, overwhelming federal facilities, and some immigrant advocates say the sudden, widespread rejection of the consular ID is fallout from that.