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Legislators ‘Alarmed’ by State’s Refusing Birth Certificates for Children of Undocumented Parents

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Two legislators have weighed in on the controversy over Texas’ refusal to grant birth certificates to some children of undocumented families. On Wednesday, Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, sent a letter to Texas Department of State Health Services Commissioner Kirk Cole, referencing an Observer story published online Monday. State Rep. Ramon Romero Jr., D-Fort Worth, also sent a letter Cole.

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DREAM Act Students Rally at Texas Capitol

Children of Immigrants Denied Citizenship

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Though the 14th Amendment says otherwise, Texas has refused to issue birth certificates to children who were born in the state to undocumented parents. In response, four women have filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Texas Department of State Health Services alleging discrimination and interference in the federal government’s authority over immigration.

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The Holdouts

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These are the stories of three Texas families who were willing to walk away from thousands of dollars—and battle loved ones, their communities and their government—to make a stand, even when facing insurmountable odds.

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How an obscure amendment to the state’s property tax code helps Texas corporations get out of paying property taxes and leaves counties—and citizens—stretched thin.

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