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For Immediate Release:
June 18, 2019
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Commissioner Levine Cava leads effort urging Trump Administration to stop denying birthright citizenship to children adopted by U.S. parents


MIAMI-DADE – The Board of County Commissioners on June 18 urged the Trump Administration to end its practice of denying birthright citizenship to children born abroad via surrogate mothers and adopted by U.S. parents. 

The U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs recently began enforcing a revised interpretation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) as it relates to children born abroad. The new interpretation requires that a child born abroad be biologically related to a U.S. citizen parent in order for the child to acquire birthright citizenship. A child who is born abroad to a surrogate mother and not genetically related to his or her U.S. citizen father will no longer automatically acquire citizenship nor be entitled to a U.S. passport. 

Furthermore, under the Assisted Reproductive Technology Policy, children born via gestational surrogacy and through other forms of reproductive technology are considered to be born out of wedlock, even if their parents are legally married and one or both parents are U.S. citizens.

The resolution, sponsored by Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, urges President Trump and the U.S. Congress to recognize that the new policy hurts children and families and is contrary to American family values. The policy disproportionately impacts non-traditional families and could detrimentally impact same-sex military couples who have children overseas. It also puts children of U.S. citizens at risk of deportation and being unable to establish citizenship of any country.

“These new interpretations and policies are mean spirited, anti-family, and clearly discriminate against non-traditional families,” said Commissioner Levine Cava. “These new practices are aimed at same-sex couples who are longing to become loving parents and to raise a family. We should support all American families and stop these hateful practices.”