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Trump administration denying passports to US citizens born near the border

This is infuriating.

On paper, he’s a devoted U.S. citizen.

His official American birth certificate shows he was delivered by a midwife in Brownsville, at the southern tip of Texas. He spent his life wearing American uniforms: three years as a private in the Army, then as a cadet in the Border Patrol and now as a state prison guard.

But when Juan, 40, applied to renew his U.S. passport this year, the government’s response floored him. In a letter, the State Department said it didn’t believe he was an American citizen.

As he would later learn, Juan is one of a growing number of people whose official birth records show they were born in the United States but who are now being denied passports — their citizenship suddenly thrown into question. The Trump administration is accusing hundreds, and possibly thousands, of Hispanics along the border of using fraudulent birth certificates since they were babies, and it is undertaking a widespread crackdown on their citizenship.

In a statement, the State Department said that it “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.”

But cases identified by The Washington Post and interviews with immigration attorneys suggest a dramatic shift in both passport issuance and immigration enforcement.

In some cases, passport applicants with official U.S. birth certificates are being jailed in immigration detention centers and entered into deportation proceedings. In others, they are stuck in Mexico, their passports suddenly revoked when they tried to reenter the United States. As the Trump administration attempts to reduce both legal and illegal immigration, the government’s treatment of passport applicants in South Texas shows how U.S. citizens are increasingly being swept up by immigration enforcement agencies.

Here’s that WaPo story. I’m going to let Dan Solomon of Texas Monthly sum this up:

First, the administration came for immigrants. Now, they’re expanding who “immigrant” refers to, so that it’s a group that could well include U.S. citizens who were born in this country. Right now, the people feeling the brunt of that are Hispanic people of a certain age, who were delivered by someone the administration has flagged, who live in the Rio Grande Valley. But at this point, there’s no reason to believe that this will stop with them.

It’s going to take a long, long time and a whole lot of work to cleanse the stain this administration is leaving on the country.

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3 Comments

  1. Manny Barrera says:

    Many people born in what is called “La Frontera” (The Border) before 1940 were not born in hospitals, Even today it happens as most people cannot afford hospitals, but one can not expect a Racist Party like the Republicans that is seeking to make America White again to act any differently. This ain’t the 50s and people will not stand for too much. They stayed when the Texas Rangers were criminals whose mission was to kill Native Americans and Mexicans. They also fought back.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juan_Cortina

    In New Mexico you had Tijernia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reies_Tijerina

    Here in Houston the most recent riot was in Moody Park

    https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Joe-Campos-Torres-Moody-Park-riots-11135844.php

    But today they can accomplish the same by voting, I expect the turnout among the Spanish surname will be much higher than most mid-term elections.

  2. Manny Barrera says:

    Many people born in what is called “La Frontera” (The Border) before 1940 were not born in hospitals, even today it happens as most people cannot afford hospitals, but one can not expect a Racist Party like the Republicans that is seeking to make America White and bigoted again to act any differently.

    Ran into Council Member Laster at a Lizzie for Congress event and he informed that until 1955 most births were at home.

    Got to meet that great Congresswoman from California, Linda Sanchez there.

    The expulsion of Americans because of their Ethnicity has begun under Trump, the beginning like the German expulsion of the Jewish population. https://www.holocaust.cz/en/history/events/the-expulsion-of-polish-jews-from-germany/

  3. Flypusher says:

    There’s also an ongoing attempt, with Miller’s foul stench all over it, so find any excuse to deport Vietnamese green card holders, even those with an American parent.