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

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.

Children of Immigrants Denied Citizenship

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.