According to the Washington Post, the Trump regime has begun detaining and deporting Hispanic people who are American citizens based on little more than suspicion alone.
Even Hispanics who've served in the U.S. military and the Border Patrol are being swept up and deported even though they have birth certificates certifying that they were born in the United States.
The deportations are reportedly based on the suspicions that their birth certificates were issued fraudulently.
The government alleges that from the 1950s through the 1990s, some midwives and physicians along the Texas-Mexico border provided U.S. birth certificates to babies who were actually born in Mexico. In a series of federal court cases in the 1990s, several birth attendants admitted to providing fraudulent documents. [...]
Attorneys say these cases, where the government’s doubts about an official birth certificate lead to immigration detention, are increasingly common. “I’ve had probably 20 people who have been sent to the detention center — U.S. citizens,” said Jaime Diez, an attorney in Brownsville.
Diez represents dozens of U.S. citizens who were denied their passports or had their passports suddenly revoked. Among them are soldiers and Border Patrol agents. In some cases, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have arrived at his clients’ homes without notice and taken passports away.
The Trump regime is reportedly asking people to provide extraordinary proof of their citizenship that virtually no one could provide, such as proof that their mother received neo-natal care inside the United States decades ago. Many of them may not have even received that kind of care, which is why so many babies in the area were delivered the old-fashioned way. They couldn't afford anything else.
These individuals can't provide the proof the government is asking for, but the government also can't prove their birth certificates are fake.
This is an even sketchier version of Birtherism. And now that we know it's happening, I'm sure the legal challenges will pile up and you can add this to the GOP's list of things Democrats will investigate if they regain control of oversight.