As outspoken Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to lead the charge for a swift and decisive response to America’s illegal immigration problem, some Texas officials are trying to take one aspect of that issue into their own hands.
Reports indicate several county registrars across the state have been refusing to accept identification cards issued by the Mexican Consulate, noting the inherent unreliability of such documentation.
According to the Texas Tribune, the Mexican government filed an amicus brief last week on behalf of several illegal immigrant families who claim their children were unfairly denied a birth certificate. The Texas Department of State Health Services was named in an associated lawsuit after reportedly telling states that were accepting the identification cards – known as matricula – to stop.
@DailyCaller interesting that Mexico wants their citizens to be US citizens. Hmmmmm
— Bruiser (@Wynsumly) August 28, 2015
Two Texas civil rights groups filed the suit, which has since been revised to include additional families and a third activist organization. The children represented in the suit, lawyers claim, have had their constitutional rights violated.
Jennifer Harbury, a lawyer representing the Mexican families, asserted that state officials “have to take something” when presented with ostensibly valid identification. She went on to insist that children who “were born here … are U.S. citizens.”
One of Trump’s recurring campaign points includes conclusively determining if the Constitution’s 14th Amendment truly does guarantee any child – regardless of their parents’ status – born in the U.S. automatic citizenship.
The discussion has continued on social media, with several Twitter users citing examples that seem to prove the amendment does not apply in all cases.
Radio host Rush Limbaugh weighed in on the matter last week, quoting the 14th Amendment’s author, Sen. Jacob Howard, who wrote in 1866 that birthright citizenship “will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens…”
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