Donald Trump has created a Main Stream Media frenzy by calling for closing the birthright citizenship loophole. Even some other Republican candidates are showing signs of following his lead, if uncertainly. [How does Trump Intend To Pull Off His Immigration Plan? It’s Called Management, by Dylan Stableford, Yahoo Politics, August 23, 2015] Yet the state of Texas may have trumped the Donald on this issue: health and records officials in certain jurisdictions are refusing to issue birth certificates to children of illegal alien mothers.
Officials insist it has nothing to do with the citizenship of the children nor the immigration status of the mothers—it’s only a problem of secure identification. Nevertheless, they are not issuing the birth certificates, and thus, anchor babies are not getting citizenship.
Needless to say, the very illegal aliens we are told are “living in the shadows” have filed a lawsuit. [Mexican And Central American Illegal Immigrants Sue Texas For Birth Certificates , By Lana Shadwick, Breitbart, July 24, 2015]
According to the complaint by the plaintiffs, Texas officials refuse to provide birth certificates because they won’t accept the infamous matricula consular, a form of ID issued to illegals by Mexican consulates in the U.S, Now, illegals have to show a driver’s license or border identification or a visa with their passport.
The “border identification card” is for foreigners who may live right across the border and are authorized to cross back and forth. It is a legal form of identification. But they didn’t have that either.
The “visas with passport” part means Texas doesn’t accept a foreign passport unless it has a current U.S. visa attached [Texas fights suit after denying birth certificates to children of illegal immigrants, by Eyder Peralta, NPR, July 23, 2015].
Obviously, the plaintiffs can’t provide these documents.
In effect, these illegals are demanding that the U.S. accept an identification document issued by the Mexican government with the express purpose of facilitating the illegals’ presence in the U.S. The Mexican government’s subversive scheme only works because too many American jurisdictions do accept it. (And seeing how well it worked for illegal Mexicans, Central American countries began issuing equivalent documents to their illegals in the U.S.)
However, there is a growing trend in Texas of not merely the state government, but also local jurisdictions, refusing to accept the matricula consular. Thus the plaintiffs who brought suit are residents of Starr, Hidalgo and Cameron counties, way down south on the border with Mexico. But other “immigrant rights advocates” charge jurisdictions around the state are refusing to accept the Mexican government’s IDs.
Back in 2008, the Texas Department of State Health Services “advised local clerk’s offices across Texas that the matricula consular would no longer be accepted because of security concerns.” It even has claimed it never accepted the consular, though immigration attorneys have challenged this. [Texas rebuff of immigrant IDs leaves U.S.-born kids without proof of birth, by Rick Jervis, WFAA, August 17, 2015] As a result of the department’s decision in 2008, the border county of El Paso stopped accepting the documents that same year. [County judge asks state to resolve birth certificate issue, by Julian Aguilar, Texas Tribune, August 6, 2015]
But now the policy is spreading. Dallas County has announced it would no longer accept the Consular as of June 1, 2015. [Dallas County Clerk, Birth Certificates, Accessed August 24, 2015]
Not surprisingly, the MSM and the Treason Lobby are trying to rally resistance. Thu the Los Angeles Times moaned:
Though children born in the United States are entitled by law to U.S. citizenship regardless of the immigration status of their parents, Texas authorities have begun placing significant barriers to undocumented immigrants seeking to obtain birth certificates for their U.S.-born children. [Immigrants sue Texas over state's denial of birth certificates for U.S.-born children, by Molly Hennessy-Fiske, July 18 2015]
The LAT claims that “hundreds” of children have been denied citizenship since 2013 in response to the Obama Administration’s “efforts to protect millions of immigrants [sic—actually illegal aliens] from deportation.”
But other bureaucrats are simply ignoring any requirements about documentation. For example, school officials in Dallas reported “potential problems in the process for U.S.-born children with noncitizen parents.”[Texas Birth Certificate Law Complicates School enrollment, by Dianne Solis, Ames Tribune, August 8th, 2015]. Subsequently, school district officials declared they wouldn’t turn away any student, regardless of immigration status or their parents’ IDs: “All children will be enrolled, and parents have 30 days to produce ID, including the matricula consular, said André Riley, a school district spokesman.” [Texas rebuff of immigrant IDs leaves U.S.-born kids without proof of birth, By Rick Jervis, WFAA, August 17, 2015]
Incidentally, WFAA quoted Dallas school district trustee Miguel Solis as saying, “A birth certificate is a right. The state is essentially taking away the one tool undocumented parents have to access that right.”
Needless to say, the Mexican diplomatic corps is, as always, meddling:
Mexican consulates in Texas are watching that suit closely and the issue in Dallas County, said Ruben Ovando, a spokesman for the Mexican Consulate in Dallas. Ovando defended by the quality of the Mexican consular cards as reliable and secure with a document that listed how they are tamper-proof. [Texas Birth Certificate Law Complicates School enrollment]
It’s really irrelevant how “secure” matriculas are. The fact remains, they serve as de facto facilitator for (and proof of) illegal presence.
More importantly, matriculas are an aspect of the Mexican government’s policy of promoting illegal immigration into the U.S. And as the Trump Manifesto puts it accurately:
“…the Mexican government has taken the United States to the cleaners….We will not be taken advantage of anymore.”
CNN’s Jim Acosta referenced “this lawsuit down in Texas” during an aggressive interview with Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski on birthright citizenship [CNN’s Acosta Badgers Trump’s Campaign Manager Over Anti-Immigration Rhetoric, by Pam Key, Breitbart, August 23, 2015]. This represented an inadvertent admission by the MSM that requiring valid American documents is one way of closing the birthright citizenship loophole.
However this Texas case turns out, it’s a good opportunity to educate the public on this absurd policy—we are the only First World nation (other than Canada) that has it.
The Mexican government is actively facilitating invasion. It’s time that our own government finally put our citizens first.
American citizen Allan Wall (email him) moved back to the U.S.A. in 2008 after many years residing in Mexico. Allan's wife is Mexican, and their two sons are bilingual. In 2005, Allan served a tour of duty in Iraq with the Texas Army National Guard. His VDARE.COM articles are archived here; his Mexidata.info articles are archived here ; his News With Views columns are archived here; and his website is here.