An Army veteran, who was born at home in Texas, is having trouble proving his citizenship.
In June, Teresa Jiminez submitted paperwork for her passport renewal and her husband’s passport application.
Teresa Jiminez recalls more than two months later, “I was checking the website every day to check on status, and it just kept saying processing, processing.”
Daniel and Teresa Jimenez are looking forward to a cruise to Canada, planning to leave in about six weeks.
Daniel Jimenez said, “It’s been a while since we took an actual vacation. I couldn’t even tell you when that was.”
The State Department sent them a letter saying it cannot accept Daniel’s birth certificate.
He was born at home, and there was a delay in filing his birth certificate.
Teresa Jiminez said, “I mean, my husband has been here all his life. He’s a third generation Mexican-American.”
They sent in his baptism certificate, elementary school records, a birth affidavit, his father’s work records, his sister’s birth certificate, his Army records and more, but no answer yet from the state department.
They expressed their frustrations online and dozens replied saying they’re also facing similar problems.
Daniel Jimenez explains, “Grew up. Get a social security card. I went to the military. Jobs. Paid taxes like everybody else. I had no question as to what I was as far as an American.”
The Washington Post‘s August 29th report tells the story of Pharr, Texas resident, Juan, an Army Veteran and state prison guard, with a denied passport request. “In a letter, the State Department said it didn’t believe he was an American citizen.” wrote the Post.
The family says Congressman Bill Flores’ office is now helping them.
Senator Ted Cruz also saying he will monitor this situation. Cruz said if U.S. citizens are indeed being denied their passports, that needs to stop.
For now Teresa Jimenez says, “We’re just crossing our fingers.”