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The State Department is pushing back against a news report saying the Trump administration has ramped up efforts to deny passports to Hispanics who have U.S. citizenship but are suspected of possibly having fraudulent birth certificates.

In a statement to Fox News on Thursday, a State Department spokeswoman blasted the Washington Post over the story, saying passport denials in these cases are actually at a six-year low after peaking in 2015 during the Obama administration.

The article goes on to state the following:

“The facts don’t back up the Washington Post’s reporting. This is an irresponsible attempt to create division and stoke fear among American citizens while attempting to inflame tensions over immigration,” said Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman. “Under the Trump Administration, domestic passport denials for so-called ‘midwife cases’ are at a 6-year low. The reporting is a political cheap shot.”

According the Post, both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations denied passports to people delivered by midwives in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley. The government has long believed fraudulent U.S. birth certificates have been given to babies along the border who were actually born in Mexico.

The newspaper reported the government, though, settled a case with the American Civil Liberties Union in 2009. The Post said that largely stopped the passport denials until the Trump administration took over.

In a tweet, Heather Nauert, State Department spokesperson, wrote, “Dishonest reporting by @washingtonpost. The truth is: domestic passport denials for so-called ‘midwife cases’ have actually decreased during the Trump administration. Stop perpetuating inaccurate claims & biased reporting.”

In another tweet, she linked to a “fact sheet” that included a chart showing in the calendar year 2013, 71.6 percent of passport applications were approved, and 28.4 percent were denied. As of Aug. 29, 2018, the State Department approved 74.2 percent of passport applications and denied 25.8 percent.

According to the State Department “fact sheet”:

The State Department’s domestic passport denials are at the lowest rate in six years for midwife cases. Twenty-eight percent of these passport cases were denied in 2017 compared to 36 percent in 2015 under the Obama administration. Based on the current numbers for the year, the department continues to show a decline in denials to passport applicants—the lowest rate of passport applicant denials in six years (please see chart below). There is no ‘surge’ in denials or revocations related to midwives’ cases, as reported. The U.S. State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs fully complies with policies and practices from 2009.

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