BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - Many South Texans who were delivered
by midwives are facing extra scrutiny as they apply for U.S.
The Brownsville Herald reports the government is pressing those
border residents to essentially prove their U.S. citizenship all
over again if they hope to gain a passport.
Officials suspect many South Texans who were delivered by
midwives are applying for passports with fraudulent birth
certificates. Authorities believe some of the individuals were born
The number of passport applications is rising in the Rio Grande
Valley because of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which
requires a passport to travel into Mexico starting in June 2009.
Mireya Salgado, who was denied a passport and is now having to
provide additional proof of her U.S. citizenship because she was
delivered by a midwife, said the extra scrutiny is unfair.
Salgado is an English teacher at Porter High School.
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