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Judge sides with illegal immigrants' kids in US

Judge sides with illegal immigrants' kids in US

A federal judge says a state cannot deny paternity documents for children born in the U.S. just because their parents are illegal immigrants and don't have federal identification numbers.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt issued the ruling Thursday in a lawsuit filed by parents who say an Indiana state policy requiring the numbers violates their children's rights.
Under the policy, paternity affidavits filed by unmarried parents must contain both parents' Social Security numbers or be sent back to county health offices unrecorded.
The judge says denying parents the ability to establish legal paternity amounts to discrimination against children who are American citizens. Pratt issued a preliminary injunction barring the policy.
State health officials say the policy was meant to reflect state and federal law. State attorneys haven't decided whether they'll appeal.


Updated : 2021-06-16 09:54 GMT+08:00