SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Cerrinna Foster may call Springfield her home, but this 13-year-old doesn't have citizenship ... with the United States or any other country. Now her mother is fighting to get recognition for her daughter's citizenship.
Foster was born while her parents vacationed in another country, which is now causing a lot of problems for the girl's future. Cerrinna's mother Crissy Foster told KVAL News that now she fears her daughter won't be able to get a job, go to college or get health insurance without citizenship.
Cerrinna was born prematurely in 1999, while her parents were vacationing in Mexico. Due to the language barrier Crissy was unable to get a birth certificate from Mexican officials. Immigration authorities could not accept the birth records from the Mexican hospital and since Foster isn't technically an immigrant, she couldn't get a green card.
This left Cerrinna Foster 'stateless' in the eyes of the U.S. Government, leaving her to be passed from one Government agency to the next while trying to find help.
"She isn't an immigrant. She isn't illegal." said Crissy Foster. "She is a U.S. citizen and she deserves to have citizenship. She deserves to have a name."
Her 'stateless' status has made another challenge facing this Springfield teen more difficult. Crissy Foster told KVAL News that Cerrinna has a mood disorder that could develop into schizophrenia.
"She was immediately cut off from her medication, which had a catastrophic effect on her. She became suicidal." said Crissy Foster.
Now Foster is trying to obtain a passport for her daughter, to prove her U.S. citizenship.
The United Nations estimates that 12 million people like Cerrinna worldwide who do not have the proper birth registration, leaving them without citizenship anywhere.