Courtesy of Business Insider:
The Trump administration is denying passports to hundreds of Americans who live along the US-Mexico border, accusing them of using fraudulent birth certificates and demanding additional proof that they were, indeed, born in the United States, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
In some cases, those people have reportedly even had their passports revoked, been jailed, and thrown into deportation proceedings, according to immigration attorneys.
One American, whom The Post identified only as “Juan,” served in the US Army, Border Patrol, and currently as a state prison guard — but when he applied to renew his passport, the State Department said in a letter it didn’t believe he was a US citizen, and asked for documents like evidence of his mother’s prenatal care, a baptismal certificate, and rental agreements from his infancy.
“I served my country. I fought for my country,” Juan told The Post, adding that the accusations infuriated him.
Citizens like Juan have come to the government’s attention because their birth certificates indicate they were born with the assistance of midwives in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley region between the 1950s and the 1990s.
The government alleges that some of those doctors and midwives who worked in the area gave US birth certificates to babies who were actually born in Mexico — an accusation that several birth attendants admitted to in court in the 1990s.
Apparently, the Obama Administration also flirted with this policy but backed off when challenged by the ACLU in 2009.
It seems clear to me that this is yet another racially driven policy being used to demonize Hispanic Americans and to make them feel unwelcome in their own country.