Target: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
Goal: Stop the discrimination of Latino US citizens applying for passports.
After a group of midwives near the U.S.-Mexico border were found guilty of selling birth certificates to people who are not born in the United States, some Latino U.S. citizens have had trouble obtaining passports, official documentation, or in some cases, been intimidated into denying their US citizenship. These Latino citizens were born in the U.S. by midwives, and are now experiencing discrimination when trying to apply for passports or crossing the border.
These Latino citizens have been forced to jump through hurdles to prove their citizenship, even if it’s been established in the past. They are being interrogated and harassed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, and face the possibility of being deported. In some cases, they have even been intimidated into denying their U.S. Citizenship.
The ACLU has sued the federal government on behalf of nine people, and the State Department agreed to creating a new set of procedures for midwife-delivered Latino passport applicants, but they denied the accusations that these applicants had been discriminated against.
By signing the petition below, you are asking the State Department to acknowledge the discrimination and create a new set of procedures to allow passport applicants whose citizenship is in question to face a judge with a lawyer, and send their documents to be properly investigated, instead of being treated like a criminal when they are legal citizens of the United States.
Dear Secretary Clinton,
Several Latino U.S. citizens have experienced hassles when attempting to obtain passport applications. These citizens were delivered in the U.S. by midwives, but because a group of midwives along the U.S.-Mexico border were charged with selling birth certificates to people not born in the U.S., they are now facing problems.
Some of these citizens have been harassed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, and in some cases, have even been intimidated into denying their U.S. citizenship or deported. The American Civil Liberties Union has already sued the federal government on behalf of 9 citizens, and the State Department has acknowledged that a new set of procedures needs to be put in place, but they have denied the accusation that Latino citizens are being interrogated and discriminated against.
These Latino citizens were born in the U.S., but are being treated like criminals. There is a better way to prove their citizenship, without discrimination or intimidation. I ask you to please have the State Department acknowledge the discrimination these citizens have faced and begin a new process where Latino citizens delivered by midwives can prove that they are U.S. Citizens, without making them feel like criminals.
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