The Cold Case Posse attempted to smear the State of Hawaii by misrepresenting their laws and practices. In the process, they contradicted themself. The Cold Case Posse video stated:
In 1982 Hawaii legalized what had been its unofficial policy for decades by making laws that codified Hawaii out of state and foreign births as Hawaiian births. Observe this letter …
Let’s look at the letter from the Director of Health, which I will transcribe from the video (emphasis added).
This bill would require the Department of Health to issue birth certificates for children born or adopted anywhere in the world if their parents were legal residents of the Territory or State of Hawaii and paid income tax in Hawaii at the time of their birth or adoption.
The Department supports this measure, but wishes to point out that such a new activity could have a workload/budgetary impact in the delayed registration section of the Vital Records Program. While the Department presently has no data to project the size of such impact, a large number of requests for such birth certificates would require additional, staffing and funds for the program.
Note that the letter states that out of state registrations is a “new activity” and that Department has “no data to project the size of such[workload] impact.” If they had been doing it for decades, how is it a “new activity” and how could they have any data as to the workload?
The fact is that the 1955 Revised Law specified only the registration of births in Hawaii, and vital statistics agencies don’t do things the law (inset) doesn’t authorize. Note the phrase: “district in which the birth occurred.”
The other false suggestion from the video is that out of state births were registered as “Hawaiian births.” As the Special Assistant to the Hawaii Attorney General stated:
…anyone who receives a birth certificate under this section would have noted on their birth certificate the physical location of their actual birth.
It is not a “Hawaiian birth” when the birth is indicated to have taken place somewhere else.