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Reports of denials of passports to US citizens born near Mexican border

  1. Date Announced

    Aug. 29, 2018

    Press reports that the administration has been accusing hundreds, possibly thousands, of Latinos along the border of using fraudulent birth certificates since they were babies and denying them passports. In a statement, DOS said that it “has not changed policy or practice regarding the adjudication of passport applications.” [ID #629]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    Aug. 29, 2018
Status: Reported
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Citizenship
Agencies Affected: USCIS DOS

Prior Policies

  • DOS during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations denied passports to people who were delivered by midwives in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley. A 2009 government settlement seemed to have mostly put an end to the passport denials. Attorneys reported that the number of denials declined during the rest of the Obama administration, and the government settled promptly when people filed complaints after being denied passports. "Following the 2009 settlement of a class action lawsuit, DOS agreed to implement new procedures for review of passport applications by Mexican Americans who were born with the assistance of a midwife at the US-Mexico border."

    2009 Settlement

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