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The US Government Is Questioning The Citizenship Of Some Latinos Along The Texas/Mexico Border

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Some U.S. citizens on the U.S.-Mexico border are being denied passports and passport renewals under the Trump Administration. Some people have had their passports denied recently despite having U.S. birth certificates. According to The Washington Post, many of the passports in question are people born with midwives instead of doctors in hospitals. The government is questioning whether or not these people are American citizens.

Some U.S. citizens are reporting that their passport renewals are being denied or revoked and their citizenship questioned.

The Washington Post is reporting that government is revoking people’s American passports because they claim they used fraudulent birth certificates to obtain the passports in the first place. The government is also preventing some Americans from re-entering the country on the basis of using a fake birth certificate to obtain an American passport.

According to the report, hundreds of people are currently in limbo regarding their American citizenship.

This controversy stems back to the Bush Administration based on investigations conducted by the government. The government claims that countless of fraudulent birth certificates were issued between the 1950s through the 1990s by midwives and physicians. These birth certificates in question occurred along the Texas-Mexico border.

In 1996, a midwife was convicted for selling birth certificates to parents of children that were actually born in Mexico.

Based on those suspicions, the State Department during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations denied passports to people who were delivered by midwives in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley,” The Washington Post reports. “The use of midwives is a long-standing tradition in the region, in part because of the cost of hospital care.”

The case concluded that the midwife had issued hundreds of fraudulent documents.

The investigation also included 15 other midwives, 10 of those were charged, nine of them pleaded guilty, and one of them escaped to Mexico, the Associated Press reports.

The State Department issued a statement to the Washington Post saying that the department “has not changed policy or practice regarding the adjudication of passport applications,” adding that “the U.S.-Mexico border region happens to be an area of the country where there has been a significant incidence of citizenship fraud.”

Some people on social media have already expressed that they are now scared of renewing their passports in fear they will be deported even though they are U.S. citizens.

The Trump Administration is already conducting other investigations regarding verifying the validity of people’s American citizen, including scanning their database for fake fingerprints which are linked to American passports.


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Federal Judge Lets DACA Program Live Citing Harm If Program Is Canceled

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Federal Judge Lets DACA Program Live Citing Harm If Program Is Canceled

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A federal judge in Texas preserved the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program immediately claiming it would cause too much harm. However, District Judge Andrew Hanen also said that the six-year-old program is likely unlawful because it oversteps the authority of the executive branch. Hanen’s ruling gives the almost 700,000 DACA recipients additional time to request renewals, which would keep them in the United States legally for an additional two years. The DACA program protects recipients from deportation and grants them work permits in two-year stints.

A federal judge in Texas has ruled that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will stand in place for now.

The ruling comes as a surprise since District Judge Andrew Hanen had ruled against DACA-related programs in the past. In 2015, Hanen ruled a companion program that would have granted temporary legal status to DACA parents, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), was illegal. This time around Hanen questioned the legality of DACA but argued that more harm would be done to DACA recipients if they lost the program.

This may only be a temporary reprieve for DACA recipients.

Judge Hanen said that the plaintiffs are likely to succeed in their case that DACA is unlawful because it oversteps the authority of the executive branch. He said that DACA is a program that “Congress should consider saving” if it ever wants to permanently stay.

“Here, the egg has been scrambled. To try to put it back in the shell with only a preliminary injunction record, and perhaps at great risk to many, does not make sense nor serve the best interests of this country,” Hanen wrote in his ruling.

Many immigrants’ rights advocates are celebrating the order as it will help many DACA recipients.

“Today DACA beneficiaries like myself and my little sister breathe a sigh of relief,” said Greisa Martinez, the deputy executive director of United We Dream told NPR NEWS. “But we aren’t out of the woods yet.”

The road still isn’t easy for DACA recipients who’ve faced constant lawsuits and federal orders against the program within the last year. The Trump administration has lead these efforts by seeking to end DACA, but have been blocked by federal courts in California, New York and Washington, D.C. Only existing DACA recipients can renew their status while those cases remain unresolved, but new applicants can’t join the program as of now.

The ruling coincidentally landed near the one year anniversary of President Trump’s order to end to the Obama-era program.

There are almost 700,000 DACA recipients in the United States since the Obama-era program began back in 2012. On September 5, 2017, President Trump ordered an end to the program urging Congress to pass a replacement and gave the program a six month deadline before he would begin phasing out protections. Federal judges blocked the administration from ending DACA before the six-month deadline. Instead, the courts ordered the administration to continue renewing any existing two-year permits.

“The past year has taken a wild ride on the DACA story,” Josh Blackman, a law professor at the South Texas College of Law Houston told CNN. “Everyone agrees that Congress should do this, there is no reason we should still be fighting about this in the courts.”


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