Hispanic Americans ‘being denied passports despite having US birth certificates’
Donald Trump’s administration is reportedly denying some Hispanic American citizens passports despite them having US birth certificates over fears the documents could be fraudulent.
The Washington Post reported that there has been a surge in the number of people living along the border in southern Texas who are having applications for passports rejected.
The row is to do with concerns that from the 1950s to 1990s some midwives and physicians along the border gave US birth certificates to babies who were actually born in Mexico.
Some passports were denied under George W Bush and Barack Obama but incidents had become increasingly rare, according to paper.
But it reported that under Mr Trump the rejections have soared, with one attorney defending those denied passports quoted as saying the numbers are “skyrocketing”.
One person affected, called only by his first name Juan, told the paper that he had served for three years in the US army and in the country’s border patrol but had been refused a US passport.
The incidents are happening in the same stretch of border which saw many of the examples of migrant children being separated from their families after illegal crossings.
Those affected are told to provide more documentation to prove they were genuinely born in the United States – a significant challenge for those born many decades ago.
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The State Department said in a statement that applicants “who have birth certificates filed by a midwife or other birth attendant suspected of having engaged in fraudulent activities, as well as applicants who have both a U.S. and foreign birth certificate, are asked to provide additional documentation establishing they were born in the United States.”
“Individuals who are unable to demonstrate that they were born in the United States are denied issuance of a passport.”