Once again the “Lone Star State” is proving to be a thorn in the side of this administration, as a Federal judge ruled on Friday that the state of Texas may continue denying the issuance of birth certificates to U.S.-born children of immigrant parents.

The court ruled that there was “not enough without substantiating evidence to carry the burden necessary to grant relief,” and although the families raised “grave concerns,” in their petition seeking an emergency injunction, U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman ruled in favor of Texas denying birth certificates to anchor babies.

At issue is whether identification cards known as “matriculas consulares” issued by Mexico to U.S.-born children living and working in the United States is enough factual documentation to obtain birth certificates in Texas.

The families argued that prior to 2013 they were able to present these document, as well as foreign passports without U.S. visas in them, and obtain birth certificates.

In his ruling the judge questioned the integrity of the information behind the identification cards and passports, saying; “a birth certificate is a vital and important document,” as such, Texas has a clear interest in protecting access to that document.”

Obviously the wider issue of anchor babies has become a political campaign topic among the Republican presidential candidates, and Donald Trump’s abilities to bring this issue to the forefront in terms of what actually constitutes the legal definition of “citizenship” as defined by the Constitution, seems to be a valid legal issue, and perhaps headed to the Supreme Court.

Source: BPR



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