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Title "Lawsuit Forces Texas to Make It Easier for Immigrants to Get Birth Certificates for Children"
Date Jul 24, 2015
Author Preston, Julia
Author Institution New York Times
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Abstract After Nancy Hernandez gave birth to a baby girl in a hospital in Texas in 2013, she went to a county office to get a birth certificate, just as she had after her first two children were born in the state.

But officials told Ms. Hernandez, a Mexican immigrant living in the United States illegally, that the rules had changed. Without valid documents, she would not be able to get a birth certificate to show that her daughter was an American-born citizen.

Last year, Ms. Hernandez and about two dozen other immigrants sued, saying they could not obtain the documents Texas officials were demanding to prove their identities. On Friday, Texas agreed to a settlement that will expand the types of documents parents can present, allowing those without legal immigration status to obtain certificates for their children again.

This Resource Relates To
case Perales Serna v. Texas Department of State Health Services, Vital Statistics Unit (IM-TX-0042)

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