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ZILLAMOD -This is the god’s to honest truth. At the end of the day – it’s not a partisan matter. It’s a family matter. You use whatever you have to protect your family from harm. I am the same. This is my story as well.

This is a repost by Linda Vega.

Being an American citizen is one of the most powerful manifestations of our constitutional tradition as a nation and as a government. These constitutional rights and obligations reserved strictly for citizens have made man want to die to protect our nation, because they know that as citizens they have unalienable rights. However, the Department of Homeland Security under the Obama Administration is now stripping American citizens of their citizenship. More importantly, these attacks on a population where American citizens are being denied their constitutional rights are mainly aimed at a group: elder Latino Texans who were too poor to go to a county hospital and opted, instead, to use a midwife because there was no hospital in the poor rural areas of Texas. As a result, the Obama Administration is now incarcerating and stripping some seniors of their citizenship because they are unable to “properly” prove their birth occurred on U.S. soil.

According to immigration attorney Jaime Diez, along the Rio Grande River in Texas, there are cases where Elderly Latinos have to relinquish their U.S. Citizenship because they cannot provide enough evidence to substantiate their birth on U.S. soil by either a hospital or a credible midwife.

Prior to 2009, a few cases of maybe 20-30 would arise where elderly Latinos had to produce evidence of their U.S. Citizenship. Usually a baptismal record or a birth certificate would suffice to prove their U.S. citizenship birth. However, under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, (“WHTI”), which came into full force and effect on June 1, 2009, changes implemented under this new law, have caused overzealous U.S. agents and officers to litigate case after case that seeks to strip U.S. Citizenship from Latinos that now number over 1000.

With only limited exceptions, WHTI makes it illegal for U.S. citizens to “depart from or enter the United States” without a valid U.S. passport. 8 U.S.C. §1185(b); 22 C.F.R. §53.1(a). While this may be a necessary application of law, for a group of people who did not have the conveniences of modern day hospitals or record keeping when they were born, it has become a nightmare and a loss of identity.

Long before there was a dispute regarding the demarcated boundary that separates the U.S. and Mexico, descendants of Mexicans lived along the border on the U.S. side for years without fear of having to leave their country of choice. When Texas became the 28th state under the Presidency of Polk in 1845, those who lived along the border were annexed into the U.S.

Additionally, when the two countries were unwilling to reach a compromise as to where the boundary would be set, the Mexican-American war broke out on April 25, 1846. The result of that war fixed the southern boundary between the two countries at the Rio Grande River. For generations, the people living along the Rio Grande River into Mexico where their relatives were left in their undisturbed Mexican residency and those in the U.S. were granted U.S. Citizenship. It was a matter of convenience and understanding that those U.S. Citizens who were instantly acquiesced into the U.S. territory had travel privileges back and forth between the two countries. In the years that followed, children were born through midwives and clinics who would record the births as credible state records. In 1925, more than 50 percent of babies born in Texas were delivered by midwives. However, by 2004, the number had dropped to 6.6%. Much of the change was brought about because as rural areas integrated more clinics into the area, many along the border were receiving more prenatal care and healthcare during births.

The earliest known hospital in the valley was in Harlingen, Valley Baptist medical Center, founded in 1925. Surrounded by rural areas and colonias, the hospital is at least a 25 mile distance to these areas. At present, it is not uncommon for women to give birth to children in clinics or hospitals as these facilities are not as scarce as previous years prior to 1950. The births were not the problem, it was an industry norm for registering births that had unintended consequences on what the government is now terming, “delayed birth certificate” fraud.

According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), many of these births recorded by midwives are either fraudulent or not legal as they were not recorded according to standards. Those affected by this new application of law, now find themselves having to defend their birth certificate and passports granted to them by the U.S. State Department.

Additionally, those affected are between the ages of 60 and older born in the 1940-50s. This is the age group that is most affected as they were more likely to be born by the assistance of a midwife and at home.

While Texas is approximately 25 million in total, it is populated by a large Latino community in the rural areas, and in South Texas where about 90% of the total population is Latino.

Texas and South Texas Population by Ethnicity, 2007

When broken down into the counties most affected by the passport requirement see the following:

Consequently, immigration attorneys in the Rio Grande Valley have noticed that these cases requiring elderly Latinos to prove their citizenship has spiked within the last two years. Attorney Jaime Diez argues that over 1000 cases have been reported but many more are not for the sake of keeping the peace. However, these are only the cases of those with financial resources to fight DHS, or USCIS in court; but many more surrender their citizenship fearing a long battle in a court that is estimated to cost between $15,000 to $20,000. Many of the elderly, living on a fixed income cannot imagine this long battle or the expense, and instead relinquish their U.S. Citizenship and leave for Mexico, a land not their home.

Immigration Attorneys, like Jaime Diez, in the Rio Grande Valley accept the cases on a pro bono capacity, but have been overwhelmed recently with unnecessary discovery requests by the government and oftentimes face over 5 U.S. attorneys for a simple case of birth certificate verification. In one such case, Jaime Diez in Brownsville. States that five U.S. Attorneys were flown in from Washington D.C. to appear in Federal District Court to ask women questions regarding her childhood in the valley. The U.S. Attorneys asked to be taken to the many places the woman played as a child and other places where she and her brother remembered family gatherings. This was not only inefficient use of government money and resources, it provided little if any comfort thinking that securing the border means stripping Latinos of their U.S. Citizenship rather than apprehending those who are “terrorists” in all aspects at the border crossing.

In 2008, Obama promised Latinos change. Unfortunately, one of these promised changes includes having to lose your birthright identity because you were born at a time when a system was inefficient and antiquated. According to the present Obama policies, if you were born in 1950 and beyond, you are expendable in the U.S. Your absence, along the Rio Grande Valley where you have lived most of your life, will be overlooked. According to this Administration, Latinos have an apathy and will not participate in elections, and so invalid deportations and stripping on U.S. Citizenship will go unnoticed because no one will dare to speak up to this injustice. It is a quiet secret that many will chose to ignore. But Latinos are strong in family ideals and are compassionate protectors for the less fortunate. And now that many do know about what is happening to the elderly along the border, I hope that this Administration is placed on alert to immediately cease and desist this action. It is a shameful way to protect the border, and frankly this behavior is anything but American or decent, it is Mr. President, monstrous.

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It’s been a hard week for identity in Texas.

For more of my libertarian readers, we don’t want or need more governed identity. So for all my liberal homies, my civil libertarians, my brown people, my grandmas and grandpas with no birth certificate, I’m drinking one for you. Because the likelihood that ID is required to vote makes voting now a suspicious activity where they need to know who you are.

Thank you Kirk Watson; you absolutely suck for attempting to hitch Real ID to this to get the GOP to kill it. May you never sleep again for all the babies you eat in your basement. You are not a good guy.

And here’s the bad news:

Texas Senate Passes Voter ID

c/o NorthTexas E- News

Austin – The Texas Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 362 Joint-Authored by State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) to require voters to present proof of their identity when casting ballots during Early Voting or on Election Day.

“Voter ID is an important step toward preventing voter fraud,” said Estes. “Voter fraud is a very real threat to the legitimacy of our electoral system, and in a close election could very well compromise the results of what voters would rightly expect to be a fair and honest election.”

Meh, it could be worse, right? Yeah… and it is.

In the last to know stack was, Yours Truly, who found out about HB 4036 filed by Texas House Public Safety Chairman, Tommy Merritt, among 4,244 bills filed in the House and 2,203 bills filed in the Senate by 3/13 last Friday. Merritt’s staffers had good manners and were very efficient in explaining to me why the Chairman would not be able to author legislation against or opposed to the Real ID. It was simply becuase he had signed on to represent the wishes of DPS baddies who wanted the federal cheddar – possibly even more than he did by filing their bill in favor of the federal ID. We understand. It’s not personal. DPS can’t let a thing like the Constitution and the 10th Amendment get in the way of servicing the Gods of globalized business, especially when the withdrawls are so painful.

Which inspires me to create a very large pacifier made from chedda(R) endorsed by WIC programs and drop it right on their big fat Republican doorstep. WAY TO GO MEN – YOU ARE ROCKING THE BASE BIG GOVERNMENT STYLE. Hope you get a love note from Janet N. & Obama – BECAUSE WE THINK YOU SUCK!!!

Senator Kirk Watson, at approximately 5:00 PM Tuesday night, made the statement that pinned at least myself and some others to their seats for hours to come. But first let me explain the course of events throughout the day.

The grandstanding over voter ID started at roughly 10:15 AM, although some people, like myself, were there at the published time of 9 AM. They”gavelled in”. At first chance, Senator VanDePutte demanded to know from Senator Duncan about, what a Dallas Paper called “the conspicuous abscence” of the Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott. The whodunit mystery is still unsolved. Abbot may have merely bowed out for self preservation.

The day became night. The night became the wee hours of the morning. The morning became dawn and the following work day. Public input was finally allowed after sunrise at 6:30 AM. After exhaustive expert testimony and inconsiderate grandstanding, one thing became apparent: these Senators, at least the Democrats, were fighting for their stations at the Texas Capitol. Why else would they drone on and on to the behest of reason and leave their constituents and the general public to diffuse out. The length of the proceedings was a disenfranchisement tactic of its own.

I didn’t wait. I cashed in my chips at 1:30 AM and left 40 copies of my 2 cents for the Texas Senate in handwritten testimony – bad grammar and all. Filled with run-on sentences so forth and so on. It was a wholly dissatisfying process because if Kirk Watson had not made an attempt to hitch the Real ID to Voter ID, I would have done what Gregg Abbott did and go M.I.A.

Texas doesn’t need the federal identity to confirm Texas State identity or identity laws. He was trying to get the Republicans to kill their own bill. Hash it out.. Yes – hash it out amongst yourselves until 10:00 AM and adjourn until Monday the following week – BUT DON’T BRING IN THE FASCIST, EXPENSIVE, F**KING FEDERAL REAL ID!! Kirk Watson mentioned the Carter/Baker bipartisan hitch, however swill and loose in logic, to the Voter ID. Senator Watson, forced the issue and then I had to stay with the other miserable folks in the gallery.

I hate Jimmy Carter right now. I was a four year old when he left office. He seemed like the nice, white peanut farmer from Georgia. That was until I learned he’s a globalist, eugenics pacifier nursing up to Bildeburg’s think tanks and the New World Order. Carter is also IN FAVOR of Voter ID. The Texas Dems were OPPOSED to Voter ID.

Last night I connected with my inner punk. If I wasn’t a respectable citizen I would have found his hypothetical car and written stuff all over it in purple pancake batter. It might have resembled something like YOU’RE AN ASSHOLE!! -and – HOW DARE YOU? It’s my blog. It’s rated R for decision making adults. Pancake batter is better for vandalism. It’s 3D after several minutes and the proteins eat into the finish. Don’t try this at home…

However, I’m not exactly happy with the Republicans for making this an issue otherwise this never would have happened. However – even if its an obvious Karl Rove move to skew elections to Republican strengths. Who’s to say that some of these Republicans won’t turn right around and pay Mexicans to vote Republican in the polls. They do stuff like that all the time; because American politics might be dominated by lying dirtbags who only want power for themselves. I might add there hasn’t been a dominant criminal prosecution trial for voter fraud in a very long time. They should try to get one without citing arbitrary laws for identity .. I’m just being a person of reason here. Otherwise this was all a waste of time.