Sisters sue the federal government to be recognized as U.S. citizens

They can't check out a book at their public library, they can't vote, or drive a car.

In fact, two Laurel County sisters don't even legally exist in the eyes of the federal government.

The problem is that Raechel and Stephanie Schultz were born to parents who lived out of their car, and never got them birth certificates or social security cards.

Now the sisters are suing the federal government to prove their citizenship and get jobs legally.

Things most of us may take for granted have never been realized by Stephanie and Raechel Schultz of Lily, Kentucky.

“We can't get driver's licenses or we can't vote. We can register, but we can't vote, because we don't have a picture ID,” Stephanie Schultz said.

The 23 and 29 year olds lived on the road most of their young lives. One was even born in the back of a van. Their parents never got them birth certificates and they were homeschooled.

Now as adults, they can't legally hold down a job. They've been denied social security cards. So they're suing Uncle Sam.

These sisters say they want to win the lawsuit to start a job, and enter a career. However, they say what they really want is much more simple.

“What's the first thing you're going to do once you get your social security card? Both of them said, get a library card. They can't go to the library and use the Internet,” Douglas Benge said.

Their attorney says job one is helping the sisters, but he believes the case could set a precedent.

They're confident they will win, citing the 14th Amendment, which says all born in the United States are citizens and should enjoy the rights there of.

We contacted the Social Security Administration in Atlanta for their response to the suit, but citing privacy rules, a spokesperson said he can't comment on the case.

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