Lati­no­Jus­tice PRLDEF has been informed by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Puer­to Rico gov­ern­ment that it will extend the valid­i­ty of all island-issued birth cer­tifi­cates through the end of Sep­tem­ber, cre­at­ing a three month tran­si­tion peri­od while offi­cials begin issu­ing new cer­tifi­cates July 1.

In Decem­ber 2009, the Puer­to Rico leg­is­la­ture passed a law stat­ing that all birth cer­tifi­cates issued before July 1, 2010 would have to be replaced, in effect inval­i­dat­ing the birth records of mil­lions of island and U.S. main­land res­i­dents.

Lati­no­Jus­tice PRLDEF Pres­i­dent and Gen­er­al Coun­sel Cesar A. Perales sent a let­ter to the gov­er­nor point­ing to numer­ous prob­lems with the law, and urged the gov­er­nor to cre­ate a six-month tran­si­tion peri­od to cope with con­fu­sion the law was caus­ing for gov­ern­ment offi­cials and res­i­dents on the island and in the main­land Unit­ed States. Read more