I was just filling out the application for K2's passport--and renewing the kid's--when I caught this crazy passport thread and started pulling. Apparently, the State Department has flagged people who were delivered by at least 200 midwives around the country and is denying them passports unless they produce additional proof that they were actually born in the US.
The Sacramento Bee has the story of one guy, a 32-year-old Mexican American dad and ex-Marine who was born in Texas to a US citizen dad and a naturalized mom, who got tripped up trying to get passports for his family vacation to Cancun this month. [That's the other big/crazy news, that as of yesterday, all US citizens need passports to travel to Mexico or Canada. And here I thought NAFTA was supposed to save the TJ donkey party industry, not kill it.]
Anyway, the midwife thing is partly because some midwives, primarily in border states, were convicted of forging US birth certificates for Mexican-born babies. But according to the ACLU, which is pursuing a class action suit against the State Dept., the passport denial affects more midwives than that, in more states than that; any American with a foreign-sounding name [sic]--who was delivered by a midwife with a foreign-sounding name [sic]--might find themselves stuck.