Famous Anchor Babies?

“Michele Bachmann railed against birthright citizenship at the GOP debate last night, the portion of the 14th Amendment that guarantees American citizenship to immigrants’ children born in the United States,” writes The Daily Best by way of introducing a photo gallery of “famous anchor babies.”

“[M]any celebrated Americans were born to foreigners. From Norah Jones to Nikki Haley, see photos.”

But there’s a problem with the photo gallery. These are all children of legal immigrants.

An “anchor baby” is a child born to illegal immigrants for the purposes of “anchoring” them in the country. But the Daily Beast describes them merely as babies born to immigrants.

That’s not exactly accurate.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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