- Them, 20128-07-27: "Trans Women Say the State Department Is Retroactively Revoking Their Passports"
- Washington Post, 2018-09-01: "U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question"
- Slate: "Passport Peril -- Why transgender Americans are so worried about Mike Pompeo serving as secretary of state"
- Los Angeles Times, 2018-09-05: "Now Trump is targeting Vietnamese refugees"
- New York Times, 2018-09-03: "My Children Were Denied Passports Because They Were Delivered by a Midwife"
I'm very concerned about this development. It seems like a step beyond the early anti-immigrant efforts like denying entry to U.S. permanent residents from seven majority Muslim countries. This policy is denying rights to native-born American citizens and it could be used as grounds in the future to deny Americans their status as citizens. Demanding that current passport holders produce additional documentation of their birth forty years ago is a new Kafkaesque policy from an administration that's led by a man who gained political fame by questioning the nationality of the previous president.
The Trump administration is questioning the citizenship of people born at home, particularly if they have immigrant-sounding names. Both of my grandmothers (American citizens I assure you) were born at home to first-generation immigrants. Donald Trump's State Department's policies degrade not only the Americans that have to wade through a new morass of government red tape to access their rights. They degrade American heritage as well.