The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution provides citizenship for all the children born on U.S. soil but in order to release birth certificates, the parents need to present certain documents.
Texas has recently expanded the list of documents that allow illegal immigrant parents to obtain birth certificates for their U.S.-born children. The city workers will now accept two supporting documents and a secondary identification form. The new supporting documents include school transcripts, marriage licenses, leases, auto insurance cards, a recent utility bill with the current address, or library cards. All of these documents are easy to obtain and will be of great help for immigrant parents who lost the identification papers issued in their home countries or had them stolen, and cannot go back to bring them. Texas also accepts Mexican voter ID cards as a form of identification.
In California, undocumented immigrant parents can use matriculas in order to obtain birth certificates for their U.S.-born children. Matriculas are consular identification cards issued to foreign nationals.
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