LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A pair of southeastern Kentucky sisters
will get Social Security numbers and cards after settling a lawsuit
with the federal government.
Raechel and Stephanie Schultz of Lily, Ky., sued the U.S. State
Department and Social Security Administration in July, after being
denied a passport and a Social Security card for lack of
documentation proving they are citizens.
Neither was born in a hospital and their births were recorded
only in a family Bible, but otherwise undocumented. In 2009, the
women sued in state court to get birth certificates and won a
judge's order granting them the records.
Under the settlement, the State Department will issue passport
cards to the sisters, who can then use those cards to apply for and
receive a Social Security number.