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Look at the long list of documents acceptable to New Mexico. Aside from the usual government IDs (either US and Mexico) you can use baptismal certificates, school records, a tribal ID, medical records et cetera. It is possible to be born and live in the USA without leaving a paper trail but certainly not a common occurrence.

So you're saying you don't believe MrF.

You do realize he volunteers (and has volunteered for a long time, apparently) to help people do exactly what we're talking about. If he says it is not trivial, I have no basis to contradict him.

About 30 years ago I was dealing with INS to get 1poorlady here on a fiancee visa. I had to produce a birth certificate. It wasn't "no problem", but it wasn't THAT hard. I had to pay a fee, and I needed to get some documents together to get the certified copy of birth. So it was neither free, nor effortless. As I recall it took me a week or so to get the docs they wanted. If I had not been able to get those documents easily, it would have been MUCH more of a PITA. Conceivably could have taken weeks, and cost a lot more.
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