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  • How a teenager’s viral campaign to prove her citizenship is inspiring a new Texas bill

    The Washington Post - 03/12/2015

    Rachel E. Rosenbloom, an associate professor at Northeastern University School of Law, said Farney’s bill wouldn’t really have much of an impact on the specific obstacles facing those citizens. In short, that’s because many children of immigrants who run into difficulty proving their citizenship already have a delayed birth certificate recognized by the state of Texas. The issue, she said, lies mainly with federal agencies. The consequences range from denied passports to wrongful deportation, Rosenbloom added.

    Rosenbloom said she’s “never encountered a case where people lacked the proof to get a birth certificate.” Instead, the deportation cases she’s familiar with involve individuals who have birth certificates, sometimes delayed, “and then have that birth certificate considered to be fraudulent.”

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