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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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Grave markers — mass graves

Graves of Shame

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A year ago, a Texas Rangers inquiry found “no evidence” of wrongdoing in the botched handling of migrant remains in Brooks County. New evidence indicates rampant violations of the law.

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Sacred Heart Cemetery

New Hope for Identifying Migrant Bodies in South Texas

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In the past seven years, the bodies of hundreds of migrants have been recovered in the Texas borderlands, but only a fraction of the remains have been identified or returned to families. Thanks to new funding and legislation, local governments will now be better equipped with identifying, and recovering migrant bodies along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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