Maybe this is too simple of a thing for a court. If you’re born in a hospital located in the United States, you get a Certificate of Live Birth saying that you were born in said hospital at a certain time in a certain place. Because you are a living, breathing human being, that certification also goes to the state, so that said birth can be confirmed and established as a record that also affirms your citizenship.
It’s really irrelevant who your parents are. What matters is that you emerged from a womb into the world and the place where you did that is the United States.
That seems simple enough to me, but apparently it is more complicated than that.
In Texas, if you’re brown and your parents don’t have the right paperwork, you might not get that birth certificate.
A federal judge has chosen for now not to force Texas health officials to change their stance in denying birth certificates to immigrant families with U.S- born children, saying that the families raised “grave concerns” but more evidence is needed, according to a ruling issued Friday.
U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman in Austin denied an emergency injunction on behalf of immigrant families seeking birth certificates for their children after the Department of State Health Services refused to recognize as valid certain forms of identification.
The 14th Amendment says “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” Nothing about their parents - Nothing! A Federal judge has sworn to uphold the Constitution but this one failed to do so. Fuck him.
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