"According to the laws when they were born, the laws in effect, they were born American citizens," said Carl Reeves.
"Now is the time to find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as the land of opportunity," said President Obama Tuesday.
The day after a plan to legalize 11 million illegal immigrants, Reeves doesn't understand why he has to pay to prove his daughter's citizenship when she should already be an American citizen.
"Why am I submitting a form for her to be something she already is?" asked Reeves.
She was born to an American father and Filipino mother, but the Philippine hospital made a mistake and didn't do what it should have.
"She, at that time, didn't know that the hospital where they were born, they gave her a deal but they didn't, they apparently didn't report it to the immigration," Reeves explained.
Now Reeves has to submit a form and pay $600 to prove her citizenship. This coming after he left his job after his wife has become sick and is going through chemo.
"All the paper that we've got says that they are American citizens. And her green card is about to expire. And i thought, well why should i pay for her to have a green card that don't give her citizenship when all these other people are getting it for free and she's already an American," said Reeves.
She may be, but convincing the federal government of that is most likely going to take a fight.