Texas sues humanitarian group to block Syrian refugees from settling in Dallas. Texas has filed a lawsuit aiming to block Syrian refugees from settling in the Dallas area, in the latest salvo of an escalating row between the state, an aid group and the federal government.
Relatives of Faez and Shaza, who fled Syria for Jordan in 2013 and were settled this year in a Dallas suburb, are expected to arrive as early as Friday. They are being helped by the Dallas branch of the New York-based International Rescue Committee (IRC), but Texas officials sent letters to IRC asking them to halt their assistance to the refugees. The humanitarian group issued a statement on Wednesday refusing to comply with instructions from Greg Abbott, Texas’s Republican governor, and Chris Traylor, the head of the state’s health agency. In response, Texas’s health and human services commission filed a federal lawsuit against the IRC and the Obama administration this week that asks the court to stop the family from arriving in Texas in the next few days. The model state of Texas denies birth certificates to children born to immigrants within its borders. One question: how is this legal?
Not that Texas is known for its strict adherence to the Constitution. But in the last year, certain Texas counties have simply stopped issuing birth certificates to children born in the state to undocumented immigrants. Not to be a stickler for constitutional details here, but the first line of the Fourteenth Amendment states: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. " Melissa del Bosque reports that four women have filed a legal challenge to what appears to be an emerging pattern from the Texas Department of State Health Services, not to mention a willful disregard of the U.S. Constitution. Jennifer Harbury, a lawyer with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, who is representing the women, said the deluge of birth certificate refusals began last winter. Texas Denies Birth Certificates to Immigrant Children.
John Savage DREAM Act Students Rally at the Texas Capitol.
For nearly 150 years, the United States, under the 14th Amendment, has recognized people born here as citizens, regardless of whether their parents were citizens. Lawsuit: Texas Denies Birth Certificates to U.S. Citizens With Undocumented Parents. A group of Texas parents say the state has wrongfully denied their children of birth certificates, and therefore discriminated against those kids because of their parents' immigration status.
(Shutterstock) Elena, we’ll call her, is Rio Grande Valley lawyer Efrén Olivares’ “favorite” client. Elena works whenever she can, harvesting cotton, onions—whatever’s in season—in South Texas. When there’s “no picking,” says Olivares, Elena cleans houses. “She’s incredibly resourceful,” Olivares told RH Reality Check. Elena came to Texas from Mexico years ago. Elena is one of more than a dozen Texas parents who live in the Rio Grande Valley and who say their children have been wrongly denied birth certificates by the state’s vital statistics unit and therefore discriminated against because of their parents’ immigration status. Some, said Olivares, even need their kids’ birth certificates so they can get a proper baptism. “The timing is a little interesting,” Olivares said. Defying U.S. Constitution, Texas Refuses to Issue Birth Certificates to Children of Undocumented Immigrants.
Trump’s birthright citizenship insanity isn’t going away: How Texas is trying to screw over the children of immigrants. Last Friday, a federal judge ruled that Texas officials can continue to deny U.S. birth certificates to the children of immigrants if their parents cannot supply required identification because they are undocumented.
Judge Robert L. Pitman of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio noted the families’ attorneys had indeed “provided evidence which raises grave concerns regarding the treatment of citizen children born to immigrant parents,” but the court needed more evidence of the harms they face before issuing the emergency injunction they requested upon being denied birth certificates for their children. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, recently indicted for securities fraud, said in a statement that this ruling was an “important first step in ensuring the integrity of birth certificates and personal identity information.”
He continued: This argument is an effort at misdirection. Judge Says Texas Can Continue Denying Birth Certificates To Immigrants' Kids. Texas can — for now — continue to deny issuing birth certificates to the U.S.
-born children of illegal immigrants, a federal judge decided on Friday. If you remember, a group of undocumented immigrants sued the state because it refused to issue birth certificates saying certain types of identification cards issued by foreign governments could not be used. The parents of the American children argued that Vital Statistics offices were refusing to accept a matrícula, an ID card issued by Mexican consulates across the country, and a foreign passport without a U.S. visa as valid forms of IDs.