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A Rush for Birth Certificates, as Immigrants Try to Hold Families Together

During a time of great uncertainty, when a knock at the door can upend a life lived in this country for more than a decade and tear a family apart, it is best to be prepared.

That, at least, is the view of Esmeralda Mosso.

So on a soggy morning last week, she joined the scores of people who have been descending on the offices of the Bureau of Vital Statistics in Lower Manhattan to get the paperwork needed to ensure that whatever happens, she and her children will not be separated.

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