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April 28, 2010



You say: As for birth certificates, many people don't have them, and those that do don't carry them around.

Actually, birth certificates cannot be used to prove legal status. 20% of the legal residents of this country are naturalized citizens and have foreign birth certificates. There are also a rising number of American born ex-pats who have renounced their citizenship and become sole citizens of another country (mostly because of America's foreign income tax law). They are no longer legal residents.

There are really only two reliable forms of proving legal status. An American passport (for domestic born and naturalized citizens), or foreign passport with a valid visa, and/or a "Green" card (for non-citizen legal residents).

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