The federal court in Seattle recently found that Washington resident Carlos Acosta was a U.S. citizen and ordered the State Department to renew his passport. Acosta was born in a relative’s home in Colorado, and then returned to Mexico shortly thereafter. Because the birth was registered both in Colorado and Mexico, the court considered family members’ testimony about the birthplace and found their testimony sufficiently persuasive to carry Acosta’s burden of proof. The State Department had terminated his passport when it discovered the Mexican birth certificate.
“It is fairly common for US births to also be registered in Mexico in order to obtain medical benefits and to attend school,” said Acosta’s attorney Robert Pauw. “This case shows that persuasive family testimony can be successfully used to establish US citizenship.”