Stop Denying U.S. Citizens Their Birth Certificates


Target: Texas Department of State Health Services Interim Commissioner Kirk Cole

Goal: Issue birth certificates to the children of undocumented immigrants born in the United States.

United States-born children are being denied their birth certificates via refusing most forms of immigrant ID despite these children legally being United States citizens through the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. A group of mothers have filed a suit against the chief of the Texas’ Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit because of this blatant and harmful discrimination.

According to the complaint, Texas is refusing to accept most forms of identification that undocumented immigrants have. The Vital Statistics office did not accept an identification card issued by the local Mexican consulate. Texas can also legally deny a foreign passport as identification unless it bears a United States visa that is current. 

This is not the first time the state of Texas has used identification cards as an excuse to deny a right. The state has tried to restrict voters, particularly poor black ones, from being able to vote by limiting what ID can be used. Both are cases of blatant discrimination.

In this particular case, children born in the United States are being prevented from gaining access to a document that is rightfully theirs because of the circumstances under which their mothers came into the country. Sign this petition to demand that the state department accepts the matrículas consulares so that children may receive their birth certificates.


Dear Commissioner Cole,

I am writing to demand that the department accept identification such as that issued by the local Mexican consulate so that children born on United States soil by undocumented immigrants may receive birth certificates.

The Texas Attorney General has claimed that the agency is unable to accept matrículas consulares because the documents used to obtain them are not verified by the “issuing agency.” However, one of the plaintiffs of the case claims that she was able to secure a birth certificate for her daughter 14 years ago using the same documentation that the Texas Attorney General and the Texas Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit is refusing to accept.

Without a birth certificate, children who are rightful United States citizens will be denied opportunities and services because of blatant racism. This practice needs to end. The Texas Department of State Health Services Vital Statistics Unit must start accepting the ID cards that are issued by the local Mexican consulate.


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