Americans living on the border with Mexico, EN masse, refuse to renew passports

The administration of President trump is once again in the center of the scandal. It became known that thousands of US citizens began to refuse to renew passports. Law-abiding Americans who have lived in the country all my adult life, accused in what have become citizens through fake birth certificates.

Washington Post reporters spoke with those who are fighting with the government for the right to consider themselves American. Assumptions officials for these people offensive. They are on the verge of despair, because their whole life is connected with the United States.

Americans living on the border with Mexico, EN masse, refuse to renew passports

Thousands of Americans are charged in what became US citizens thanks to forged birth certificates. Photo: flickr/CC/mccun934/

Application for renewal of a passport 40-year-old Juan filed this year. However, instead of the quick execution of the documents, the man heard the response that the U.S. Department of State does not consider him an American citizen. People who have served in the army and the Border guard service and many years working as a security guard from one of the Texas prisons, he was shocked by this news.

«I served my country. I fought for it, and now do that to me?!» — outraged man.

And all the matter in the policy of «zero tolerance,» a zealous following which the officials began to stir up the past. According to the current authorities, with 50s on 90s years of the last century midwives working in hospitals close to the border, have provided children of illegal immigrants (mostly from Mexico) fake birth certificate. In the early 1990s, several midwives admitted to committing such crimes.

Americans living on the border with Mexico, EN masse, refuse to renew passports

In the early 1990s, several midwives admitted to providing fake birth certificates to children of illegal immigrants. Photo: flickr/CC/[email protected]

Under the administration of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, this story was the reason for refusing to extend passports to residents of the valley of the Rio Grande (Texas). However, the situation quickly stabilized. After the American Union of civil liberties intervened in the case, the number of failures was reduced to almost zero.

The problem is that along with fake birth certificates midwives involved in the fraud, has given thousands of perfectly legitimate documents. And now, their owners are faced with terrible injustice.

When Donald trump, the number of refusals to extend passports has increased tenfold. Thousands of Americans living on the border, I don’t know how to resist the tyranny of bureaucrats. They are required for more evidence that they were born in the United States. However, even if the provision of favorable outcome is not guaranteed. So, Juan has found documents about the prenatal care of his mother and a baptism certificate, but the government remains unwilling to meet the man, claiming that this information is not enough.

Americans living on the border with Mexico, EN masse, refuse to renew passports
Along with fake birth certificates midwives involved in the fraud, has given thousands of perfectly legitimate documents. Photo: twitter

A similar problem arose at a 35-year resident of Texas, went to Mexico on business. On the way back a man with his son were detained by the border guards. According to court documents, law enforcement officers demanded to recognize that he was born in Mexico. The prisoner said he is a U.S. citizen and is not going to agree with false facts. Then the man was placed in immigration jail Los Frenos.

After 3 days of Texan freedom. However, the government has insisted that in 2019 he was given a deportation hearing. A man terrified of how aggressive behavior of officials with ordinary people, but intends to fight for their rights.

Jaime deese, a lawyer from Brownsville, works with dozens of U.S. citizens who have been denied a passport renewal. Many of them, including soldiers and border guards and honorably served the country, was outlawed and imprisoned in an immigration prison.

According to human rights organizations, residents of the border area, where Donald trump wants to build his «wall», are subjected to blatant discrimination. In pursuit of these illegal immigrants, the authorities trample the rights of law-abiding citizens have become hostages of the policy of «zero tolerance».

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