Yup, you read the article right. He was denied US citizenship on the basis of a Mexican law that never existed. Here's the deal. He may have been born south of the border, but one of his parents was an American citizen. That makes him an American citizen by birth. There can be many reasons to deport someone, but citing a law that never existed? That is just plain stupid. But this is the government. What else would you expect? LOL.BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — For more than two decades, Sigifredo Saldana Iracheta insisted he was a U.S. citizen, repeatedly explaining to immigration officials that he was born to an American father and a Mexican mother in a city just south of the Texas border.
Year after year, the federal government rejected his claims, deporting him at least four times and at one point detaining him for nearly two years as he sought permission to join his wife and three children in South Texas.
In rejecting Saldana's bid for citizenship, the government sought to apply an old law that cited Article 314 of the Mexican Constitution, which supposedly dealt with legitimizing out-of-wedlock births. But there was a problem: The Mexican Constitution has no such article.
Article is here.