Children of immigrants still denied birth certificates in Texas

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Children of Immigrants Still Denied Birth Certificates in TX
A federal judge in Austin ruled Texas officials could continue denying birth certificates to children born in the U.S whose parents entered the country illegally.

U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman's decision allows Texas officials to deny identification available to undocumented immigrants as valid forms of parental ID — namely ID from Mexican consulates and foreign passports without U.S. visas.

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Dozens of parents sued the state on behalf of their children earlier this year over the issue. The lead attorney for that suit told the Los Angeles Times denying birth certificates could make it harder for the children to gain access to school and medical care. (Video via Texas Department of State Health Services)

Judge Pitman said the evidence brought up in the emergency order raised "grave concerns regarding the treatment of citizen children born to immigrant parents," but further evidence was needed to take action.

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Immigrants from 25 countries take the oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony in Daley Plaza on September 16, 2014 in Chicago, Illinipois. Seventy people were awarded their U.S. citizenship at the Citizenship Day ceremony. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Immigrants take oath of citizenship to the United States on November 20, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. Sixty immigrants from 25 countries became American citizens during the naturalization ceremony at the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) office at Newark's Federal Building. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
New American citizens celebrate at a naturalization ceremony on November 20, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey. Sixty immigrants from 25 countries became American citizens during the ceremony at the U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS), office at Newark's Federal Building. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
New U.S. citizens, including Nicole Annete Flood from Mexico (C), attend a naturalization ceremony at Liberty State Park on September 19, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Forty immigrants from 18 different countries became American citizens at the event, held by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), on Constitution and Citizenship Day. This week USCIS will have naturalized more than 27,000 new citizens at 160 ceremonies nationwide. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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