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Should the Trump Administration Continue Denying Passports to Latino Citizens it Suspects of Fraud?

by Countable | Updated on 8.31.18

What’s the story?

  • The U.S. State Department is denying passports to a growing number of Latino Americans with birth certificates showing they were born in the United States.
  • This includes a 40-year-old who says he was born in the U.S., delivered by a midwife in southern Texas, and served in the Army, Border Patrol, and state prison system.
“I served my country. I fought for my country,” the man told the Washington Post, which broke the story.

Why are the passports being denied? What’s the State Dept. saying?

  • The Trump administration alleges that between the 1950s and 1990s, midwives and some physicians in the south Texas region provided fraudulent birth certificates to babies who were actually born in Mexico.
  • The State Dept. said applicants “who have birth certificates filed by a midwife or other birth attendant suspected of having engaged in fraudulent activities, as well as applicants who have both a U.S. and foreign birth certificate, are asked to provide additional documentation establishing they were born in the United States.”
“Individuals who are unable to demonstrate that they were born in the United States are denied issuance of a passport,” the State Dept. added.

What are Democrats saying?

  • Congressional Democrats are calling for hearings into the policy, with Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) arguing:
“This represents an unacceptable targeting of people based on their ethnic heritage. It violates the constitution. It should be investigated by Congress in both chambers, and we should take action to stop it as soon as possible through legislation if necessary.”
  • “Americans are being held, targeted, and denied their rights because of the color of their skin,” tweeted Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez. “This is a disgrace to our democracy and a vicious assault on our community. We must make our voices heard. These families are counting on us.”

What do you think?

Do you support the State Department denying passports to citizens it suspects of fraud? Why or why not? Hit Take Action to tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman


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  • Eric
    08/31/2018
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    1930s Germany. 1930s Germany. 1930s Germany. How many times do you need to see it? This is the next step toward ethnic cleansing. This administration has taken the steps of creating the perception there are “others”; has taken the step of dehumanizing (calling them animals); tested limits of abuse (separating children from parents); denied due process; and now is trying to remove their citizenship. Wonder how many white Europeans are being “suspected” of not belonging here. Impeach NOW! Then vote out the enablers who stood by idly while this corrupt regime tried to destroy our democracy.

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  • John
    08/31/2018
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    This is a blatant attack against US citizens. I can’t believe Congress would stand by and allow this to happen. We are a country of laws and protected by our Constitution. This should not be happening.

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  • burrkitty
    08/31/2018
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    Discrimination on country of origin is UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Why are we blaming and punishing a newborn infant and not the doctor? The baby can’t fill out paperwork. This is clearly racist and a violation of due process. The burden of proof is on the government and the violation is by the DOCTOR not the child. Also, WTF happened to statutes of limitations? 40 years later for a civil paperwork issue? And then targeting the innocent? That’s absurd.

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  • Karen
    08/31/2018
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    Could somebody just strip the entire Trump administration of its citizenship?

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  • Andy1
    08/31/2018
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    Openly and unapologetically racist, not to mention unconstitutional. Those still supporting this sorry excuse for a human deserve to drown in their own bile

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  • Linda
    08/31/2018
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    Once a birth certificate is issued, it is the government's obligation to prove it is fraudulent, not the baby.

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  • Denise
    08/31/2018
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    They need more substantial evidence than a “suspicion”!

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  • HogwartsPadfoot
    08/31/2018
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    US citizens are entitled to US passports. This is a disgrace!

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  • Herbert
    08/31/2018
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    If you can prove it, not “suspect” it then yes. No proof. No denial of a passport.

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  • Tracy
    08/31/2018
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    The Trump administration’s denial of passport renewals to people of color or people with Hispanic surnames makes birtherism look like a joke. This is neo-Nazi crap of the highest order. Step up and fight it or step out. Who is next?

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  • DrCindyBean
    08/31/2018
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    I think you need a serious reason to deny someone a passport- not merely someone suspicious- who is defining suspicious? . If there is serious reason to investigate someone that’s one thing / but someone ‘ suspicious ‘ because of color of their skin or sound of their name should not be discriminated against. 😳

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  • Dave
    08/31/2018
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    Of course security for our nation is always important. However, if you are going to deny passports of people from Latino nations, you must deny every one regardless of race, gender, religion, social class, etc. otherwise this practice is just a cover for targeting Latino people on racist accusations/ stereotypes. Long story short, we shouldn’t deny anyone’s passport unless they do pose a legit threat and not just suspected on a whim based on their ethnicity.

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  • Jennifer
    08/31/2018
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    This is rich. The biggest fraud of all time questioning natural born citizens. Get this piece of human garbage out of office so we can get back to the business of being the greatest republic ever.

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  • Tinee
    08/31/2018
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    No. The lie that of millions of people voted illegally, has been redressed in order to deny people passports.

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  • ManfromNebraska
    08/31/2018
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    YES! Stop the illegal activity.

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  • Anthony4520
    08/31/2018
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    Why is it ALWAYS ABOUT RACE??!? No one suspected of fraud should have a passport! Period. There is right and there is wrong. It’s time we stopped with this race-card bs!

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  • JTJ
    08/31/2018
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    The Washington post story was debunked by the state department. These are the same policies from the Bush and obama administrations. Stop pushing the fake news countable.

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  • Roger
    08/31/2018
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    Of course no one should be issued a passport if their documents are suspect. Until a persons documents can be verified it is just plain stupid to issue a passport!

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  • Pat
    09/01/2018
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    How in the world in our democracy can this happen? The rule of law not the rules of a dictator is what Americans expect!

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  • David
    08/31/2018
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    When I go to get my passport, It is my responsibility to prove I’m a citizen. The same rule should apply no matter who you are!

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