A number of undocumented immigrants and their children have filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Texas for what they say is a policy designed to deny their U.S.-born children birth certificates.
"Defendants have acted with the intent to discriminate against the Texas-born children on the basis of their parents' immigrations status, depriving the children of their rights, benefits and privileges granted to all other citizen children," the complaint says. "Defendants have also acted with the intent of discriminating against undocumented parents on the basis of their immigration status, penalizing them and making their personal/family lives near untenable."
Lawyers from Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, the Texas Civil Rights Project, and the South Texas Civil Rights Project are representing the challengers in the lawsuit, which is being brought against Kirk Cole, the Texas Department of State Health Service's Vital Statistics Unit commissioner, and Geraldine Harris, the unit chief. The suit started with four mothers, according to the Texas Observer, but has now expanded to well over a dozen parents who say they were denied birth certificates for their U.S. born children.
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