East Texan's Citizenship Questioned

By Sara Story - bio | email

KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - She was born and raised in East Texas, but the U.S. Passport's Office told June Cloud there's not enough proof she's an American. Cloud was born in her Kilgore home and says her doctor did not file the form needed for a birth certificate.

Now more than ever Cloud needs a birth certificate so she can get a much-needed passport for a cruise her husband won after being named "Employee of the Year."

Even though she's been issued a social security number and a Texas driver's license that's not enough to prove she's a citizen of the United States, "I received a paper saying that I was not a U.S. citizen, that my birth certificate was invalid," said Cloud.

Cloud applied for, and received a delayed birth certificate from the state, but the document wasn't enough for the State Department, which issues passports.

"We are going to see if we can help her get to the bottom of this," said Connie Wade, the Gregg County Clerk.

Wade and Gloria Caraway, the Gregg County Birth Records Magistrate, are working on Cloud's case. "This is what passport division requires: hospital birth records, religious records such as baptismal certificate, medical records, early census reports, elementary school transcripts, insurance records, family Bible records, news and articles announcing the birth, preferably within the first five years of her life," said Caraway.

"I've sent her a copy of the first census my parents filled out. I was seven-years-old. They wouldn't take that," said Cloud.

Unless she comes up with proof of her first five years, Cloud will remain without a passport, missing the trip of her dreams. She says Congressman Louie Gohmert's Office, along with the Gregg County Clerk's Office, are now helping her in her quest for a passport.

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