Remarkable, isn't it, how brazen our neighbor to the south is now free to get knowing that they effectively control the U.S. government as well:
The refusal of some Texas counties to issue birth certificates for children born to [illegal] parents could threaten the State's relationship with Mexico, the Mexican government warns.
One wonders what form that threat might take. Not a Mexican attempt to retake the Alamo, one presumes, but they're not offering up much in the way of details. But then again, they're effectively flooding Texas with their nationals, so that does constitute a form of at least low-level economic warfare - that is escalating all the time.
The notice comes in a brief filed in support of illegal [alien] parents who are suing Texas after being denied birth certificates for their U.S.-born children – even after providing ID cards, known as "matricula," issued by the Mexican Consulate, Fox News Latino reports.
And of course, constitutionally speaking illegal aliens should have no standing to sue anybody north of the border, and the Fourteenth Amendment does not accord citizenship via birth location. But We the People stopped paying attention to the Constitution a long, long time ago.
The Texas Tribune reports some Texas county registrars won't accept the consulate-issued identification because it isn't considered reliable.
Not a constitutional reason, but an eminently practical one.
But here comes the other shoe.
Some Texas counties were accepting the consulate ID cards until recently, when they were ordered to stop by the Texas State health services department, the Tribune reports.
So, in legal terms, the precedent of illegal birth certificate issuance was set and then rescinded. Which is doubtless the crux of the lawsuit illegals ought not have any standing to launch but are doing so anyway. Not that they wouldn't have done so without this factor, but it sure doesn't hurt them.
"[It] not only jeopardizes their dignity and well-being....
Neither of which are constitutionally or legally relevant to the question, but rather are public relations arguments.
....but could threaten the unique relationship between Mexico and Texas," the Mexican government said in a brief tied to a lawsuit filed against the State by Texas Civil Rights Project and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid.
No, c'mon, mis amigos, let's see what you've got on the retaliation table. I'm genuinely interested in seeing what your demands are going to be next. "Border readjustments," perhaps?
Exit thought and question: Looks like Trump's border wall treaty negotiations aren't off to a good start. Think there will be any equivalent of the Corker-Cardin/Menendez legislation for that one?