Here’s a true story ripped from the headlines that illustrates life in America under Donald Trump.
A woman was born in a farmhouse in the 1970s in Leavenworth County, Kansas, the heartland of America. Days after she was born, her father went to the local courthouse to certify her birth and was issued a legal birth certificate.
This woman had been issued a U.S. passport before using her birth certificate as proof of her American citizenship. She went to renew her passport and her local passport agency accepted her birth certificate. But a few days later she received a letter from the federal division of the U.S. Passport Agency out of Houston telling her the application was denied and required further documentation.
The letter stated that, because her birth certificate was not issued at a institution or hospital, it was not considered proof enough of her citizenship. Some of the additional items that the passport agency said would be acceptable were a border crossing or green card for her parents issued prior to her birth and family early religious records such as a family Bible.
WTF? The woman’s parents were born in the United States, so there are no border cards or green cards in the family history. “Family religious records?” the woman said. “We don’t have any. Family Bible? They won’t accept a birth certificate but they will accept a family Bible?”
According to the U.S. State Department website, a birth certificate is acceptable proof of citizenship. But the U.S. Passport Agency may have the authority to consider a person’s application on a “case by case basis.”
So look out Americans. Being born and raised in the United States to parents who were also born in the U.S., and having a legitimate birth certificate just won’t cut it anymore in Trumplandia. Remember to bring your family Bible to the passport office.