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Texas Judge Refuses To Give Birth Certificates To Children Of Immigrants

10/21/2015 02:57 EDT | Updated 10/21/2015 02:59 EDT

A Texas judge is refusing to give birth certificates to children of undocumented immigrants.

The issue began back in July when a group of mothers filed a lawsuit against the state because of its refusal to give them documents for their U.S.-born children.

In order to obtain a birth certificate for a child, parents must provide proper ID, however Texas is refusing to accept most forms of ID available to undocumented immigrants. This includes the matrícula, which is a card issued by a local Mexican consulate, or a foreign passport unless it “bears a current U.S. visa.”

While the mothers claimed the state’s denial was discrimination, Texas argued that it was simply placing barriers for illegal immigrants to obtain birth certificates for U.S.-born children.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Pitman in Austin ruled that Texas can continue to deny birth certificates.

Watch the video above for the full story and to hear Pitman’s reason for denial.

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