Judge says Texas Can Continue Denying Birth Certificates to Children of Illegal Immigrants

A woman in the country illegally shows the footprints of her baby daughter, who was born in Texas but has been denied a birth certificate. (Eric Gay / Associated Press)
A woman in the country illegally shows the footprints of her baby daughter, who was born in Texas but has been denied a birth certificate. (Eric Gay / Associated Press)

Texas can — for now — continue to deny issuing birth certificates to the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants, a federal judge decided on Friday.

If you remember, a group of undocumented immigrants sued the state because it refused to issue birth certificates saying certain types of identification cards issued by foreign governments could not be used.

The parents of the American children argued that Vital Statistics offices were refusing to accept a matrícula, an ID card issued by Mexican consulates across the country, and a foreign passport without a U.S. visa as valid forms of IDs. Those identifications, the parents argued, are the most commonly available to illegal immigrants living in the U.S.

U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman in Austin was considering whether to force the state to accept those types of IDs while the case moved through the courts.

The judge said that without a doubt, Texas-born children of undocumented immigrants are being hurt by the Texas decision. Their constitutional right to travel and free exercise of religion by way of baptism are being curbed.

In his opinion, Pitman said he was “very troubled” by the prospect of Texas-born children being denied a birth certificate.

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SOURCE: EYDER PERALTA 
NPR