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Couple and New Baby Stuck in Mexico

A San Jose couple is in limbo as they remain trapped in Mexico waiting for permission to return home with their newborn son, Grayson.

After learning that they would not be able to conceive a child naturally, Haseeb and Christy Amireh located several surrogacy agencies in Tabasco, Mexico, that would help them to realize their dream of parenting.

The couple traveled from San Jose, Calif., to Mexico to be with their surrogate mother as she delivered their newborn son but their plans were altered when they learned that they could not leave the country because their son would not be issued a birth certificate.

"It seemed like time just kept passing and the next day and the next day and next day and no birth certificate, and we started panicking," Christy said, in a statement to KPIX.

The governor in Tabasco has placed a moratorium on all birth certificates for surrogate families, preventing the Amirehs from applying for a passport for their son.

"There are still agencies taking ... intended parents, like us, so we'd like to get the word out," Haseeb said.

The couple is working with a lawyer in Mexico, and they have been in contact with the U.S. State Department.

U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-California said, "This just highlights why it's really important to understand the laws of any country that you're traveling to [in order] to make a health care decision."

"We just want to get home," Christy told KPIX via Skype.

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