While Donald Trump has been on the campaign trail championing immigration laws, local Texas officials have been in the thick of enforcing rules regarding what kind of ID parents can show to receive copies of their children’s birth certificates.
The regulations in place mean that many children of undocumented immigrants are being refused the issuance of birth certificates, and it’s preventing parents from getting their newborns baptized, enrolling children in school and day-care, as well as making them afraid of losing out on Medicare coverage as well as other government benefits. Not only that, but it can also prevent parents from working; one immigrant with a 9 month old daughter says that because she can’t enrol her daughter in day-care, she can’t get a job because there’s no one at home to watch the baby.
In response to these problems, a lawsuit has been filed with plaintiffs from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras – 28 parents and 32 children in total. According to Efren C Olivares, a lawyer with the South Texas Civil Rights Project who is representing the parents in the suit, they’re only a small number of the potential thousands of parents facing the same issue who haven’t come forward.