Every American has a Social Security number, right? Well, there are at least two exceptions in Kentucky. In fact, sisters Raechel and Stephanie Schultz are both trying to obtain Social Security numbers but the federal government is refusing to issue them. The government says they need more proof the sisters were born in the U.S. In order to obtain such documentation in today's world, one needs to first have a Social Security number.
"I'm proud to be American but they don't want me," 23-year-old Stephanie Schultz told The Associated Press in an interview at their lawyer's office in southeastern Kentucky.
The two sisters have lived somewhat undocumented lives. Life without documentation was common for our ancestors, as most genealogists can attest! However, it is unusual today.
The earliest years for the Schultz sisters were nomadic. Raechel was born at a home in Madison County, Kentucky, near where the family lives now; Stephanie was delivered in the back of a Dodge van in southern Alabama. The births were recorded in a family Bible but were otherwise undocumented. The family traveled through 42 states, never staying too long in one place.
When word of their plight appeared on the Internet and in newspapers, their attorney received emails from some questioning the sisters' motivation, saying the Schultzes just wanted government assistance. But both women said they want to work, and that their family has never taken welfare. "I don't want to bum off the state," said Raechel, who would like to sell real estate.
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