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Some border residents get new shot at passport

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Posted: Friday, June 26, 2009 11:36 am | Updated: 2:16 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

McALLEN, Texas -- The State Department has agreed to change the way it scrutinizes passport applications from people who were delivered by midwives along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Hundreds of border residents had their passport applications denied or simply closed without explanation in recent years because they were delivered by midwife. The government had identified some midwives who fraudulently registered births in the U.S.

The settlement reached between State Department and the American Civil Liberties Union and immigration attorneys representing those without passports awaits court approval.

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