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.
“Do you remember when you were born?”
If you don’t, & are Hispanic, & live on the border, & can’t prove you were born here (sorry, your official birth certificate does not count.), @realDonaldTrump may take your citizenship away.
The “bell” is tolling.https://t.co/ot6osvfJWY
— Gina Hinojosa (@GinaForAustin) August 30, 2018
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.
@DNC @TheDemocrats I’m an American born Hispanic. I’ve never applied for a passport. I received this in the mail in May 2018. I’d like to see the report on this survey. What are they up to? Are they trying to obtain private info from every Hispanic American or taking inventory?? pic.twitter.com/ngYqmh8WnL
— NoDrama (@No__Drama__) August 30, 2018
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.