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08/15/2013 10:55 am ET Updated Aug 15, 2013

Children Of Immigrants Who Left The United States Are Sometimes Unaware They're U.S. Citizens

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A large number of Latinos do not know that they are already U.S. citizens and, after living for years as undocumented, discover this fact when they begin the process of regularizing their immigration situation.

"In some cases, the parents returned with their children to their countries of origin and never told them they were born here. In other cases, they know they were born here, but the parents obtained a false birth certificate in Mexico, and so now they have lots of problems proving they were really born in the United States," Lisa Pray, an attorney in Fort Morgan, Colorado, told Efe.

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