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.

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.

Related posts

  • Dakotacyr

    the children are citizens of the United State no matter how their parents got there.  That part of the Constitution will never be changed!

    • robert108

      That part says;  “…under the jurisdiction of the United States…”  Since illegal invaders are not under US jurisdiction, being criminals, it just has to be reinterpreted, probably by SCOTUS, to end this travesty.

      • Guest

        Why does America jail illegal immigrants if they are not under the jurisdiction of the United States?

        I smack you with the truth!

        • robert108

          Because they have invaded our country.  Duh.  After they’re arrested, THEN they’re under our jurisdiction.  You really couldn’t figure that out?

          • Guest

            If they have no power or authority over the illegal immigrants, then they can not arrest them.  Since they arrest them they have jurisdiction over them BEFORE they are arrested.

            I smack you with the truth!

          • Terry

            HAWAII.GOV Bureau of Conveyances -Official Public
            Records
            Document
            Number R2007203358
             Recording Date 
            Recording Date:
            Date instrument recorded.
            YYYY-MM-DD
            2007-11-21

            Document Category:
            Judgment/LienConveyanceMiscellaneousMortgageReleaseUniform
            Commercial Code
            Description 

            NOTICE OF LIEN
            (INCLUDES COUNTY, FEDERAL & STATE TAX LIENS; MARITIME LIEN)

            Grantor  Grantor:
            Party transferring
            interest.
            BONILLA WILLIAM
            L II
            Grantee  Grantee:
            Party acquiring interest.
            HAWAII
            STATE-TAX

          • robert108

            Nice try, but dead wrong.  When someone breaks into your house, at that moment they have committed a crime.  When they are caught and punished for that crime is another matter.  From the moment an invader illegally enters our country, he or she is a criminal.  However, they come under our jurisdiction when they are identified and apprehended.  Sorry if that’s too hard for you to understand, but you’re not really here for understanding, are you?

          • Guest

            Sorry, you are either dumb or lying.  The moment anyone breaks the law entering the country they are under our jurisdiction.

            Look up the word.

            I smack you with the truth!

          • robert108

            Not until they’re caught.  Three swings, three misses; you struck out.  Invaders evade our jurisdiction.  It’s a simple concept, but way over your head.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I’m not sure I’d say it will never be changed, but I actually agree that the 14th amendment should stay as is.

      I was just pointing out that the Daily Beast obviously doesn’t know what “anchor baby” means.

      • yy4u2

        I disagree slightly with your assesment of the 14th amendment and here’s why. 

        The 13-15 Amendments.  We lost tens of thousands of people in the Civil War.  In 1865 the 13th Amendment is passed and ratified that same year to say slavery is illegal.  Shortly after, the US has to pass the 14th because Dems of the time said these people that were brought here (very important), were not actually citizens and therefore could not vote or hold office.  So at the time, those proposing the 14th had to create wording that would include all the recently freed slaves (who were brought here) and their children making them real American citizens.  The 15th had to be written because Dems (shock) were hell bent (and still are) on keeping these Americans of a different color subservient to themselves by not letting them vote. 

        Three freakin Amendments passed and ratified over 5 years to truly set the black American free.  We as a nation wouldn’t be bickering over the meaning of the 14th had it not been for the Dems at the time.  Had they realized the spin libs can attach to what most people find as common sense, it would have been written differently as well, imo. 

        That being said, as cruel as it sounds, anchor babies (imo) are not American citizens based off the 14th Amendment. 

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          I don’t necessarily disagree, but the law says what it says. “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

          If we don’t like that, we have to change it.

          • dalaibama

            pick and choose is an amazing thing. A diplomat arriving to stay long-term in the US would then have given birth to a US citizen by this false interpration of the Constitution.

    • Mark

      suddenly the Constitution means something.

  • http://randysroundtable.blogspot.com/ Randy G

    The left does not differentiate between legal and illegal…

    • Sparks

      That’s a load of horsesh*t.  Both sides have their preferred history and interpretation of the constitution and both sides adjudge legality based on the own, divergent worldviews.  It’s sad and it lays bear the willingness to ignore reality for political reasons and to refuse to engage fellow citizens in a civil manner on issues where there is disagreement.

      It’s nothing unique to ‘the Left’.

      • robert108

        The left is in such denial of illegal invasion that they call them “undocumented”, as part of their Big Lie propaganda.  It’s even propaganda to call them “immigrants”; they’re invaders, pure and simple.

        • Guest

          You make the thought of conservatives as being ignorant fools, believable.

          • Terry

            HAWAII.GOV Bureau of Conveyances -Official Public
            Records
            Document
            Number R2007203358
             Recording Date 
            Recording Date:
            Date instrument recorded.
            YYYY-MM-DD
            2007-11-21

            Document Category:
            Judgment/LienConveyanceMiscellaneousMortgageReleaseUniform
            Commercial Code
            Description 

            NOTICE OF LIEN
            (INCLUDES COUNTY, FEDERAL & STATE TAX LIENS; MARITIME LIEN)

            Grantor  Grantor:
            Party transferring
            interest.
            BONILLA WILLIAM
            L II
            Grantee  Grantee:
            Party acquiring interest.
            HAWAII
            STATE-TAX

          • robert108

            Your lack of facts and ignorance of the truth marks you as an ignorant fool.

          • yy4u2

            I was wondering where Hanni went.  He reminds me of the title of a rock song by the group Theory of a Deadman titled, “The Bitch Came Back.”

  • Game

    It is funny how immigration always become a bigger issue about the time elections roll around.  The new phrase is that we have to eliminate “magnets” that make people want to move here.  That “magnet” is that this is a great country with wonderful economic opportunities and a culture that accepts people from around the world. No doubt the GOP wants to eliminate that.
    By the way, I love how Bachmann, the great champion of personal liberty, wants to mandate what language you can speak.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      That “magnet” is that this is a great country with wonderful economic opportunities

      That’s true, though you can’t deny that our welfare state is a big draw too.

      But what’s interesting is that illegal immigration has slowed under President Obama and a Democrat congress…thanks to fewer economic activities.

      That’s a pretty sad commentary I think.

      • Sparks

        Rob is right about the correct way to use the epithet ‘anchor baby’, but…

        The welfare state in the US is no draw for illegal immigrants.

        Differing amounts of social programs in different US states cause grifters and douchebags and criminals from the midwest and the south (e.g. US citizens) to move to the northeast where all the money and good schools and good social programs are.

        But Port thinks that illegal aliens come here because our government sponsors the Arts.  Canada, Scandinavia, and a variety of other countries must be teaming with them.

        The finniest part in all this illegal alien rabble rousing is the simple fact that Texas’s economy booms, not because of some inherent genius of the governors there (hell no not because of THAT), but rather because of their proximity to cheap, cheap labor. 

        Clamp down the border, stop subsidizing the oil industry, and we’ll see how well the ‘geniuses’ in Texas are doing.

        • HG
          • Guest

            Illegal immigrants with children primarily use food assistance
            programs and Medicaid, with little or no cash or housing assistance. In
            contrast, legal immigrants have high usage rates for every type of
            program.

            From a policy standpoint, barring immigrants from the welfare system,
            especially the non-cash programs, is administratively, historically,
            politically and practically hard to do, Camarota said.

            From HG’s own link……

          • robert108

            That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t do it.  The invaders should be thrown out, and we should not be paying a penny for them.

          • HG

            And yet Hanni, you ignore the facts in my links that prove Sparky is as ignorant as yourself. 

        • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

          Rob is right about the correct way to use the epithet ‘anchor baby’, but…

          The welfare state in the US is no draw for illegal immigrants.

          Because you say so?

          But Port thinks that illegal aliens come here because our government sponsors the Arts.

          I’m not sure why you’re attributing that to me, because I’ve never said nor do I believe any such thing.

        • Random Passerby

          “Clamp down the border, stop subsidizing the oil industry, and we’ll see how well the ‘geniuses’ in Texas are doing.”

          Sure sparks, no problem….but I want a a couple of control experiments to compare with.

          First: I want all use migrant labor (closing of borders) to cease in Iowa. Secondly I want a stop to all farm subsidies(subsidizing the oil indistry) in that state as well.

          Second: I want no controls at all on oil production in LA on or offshore(Subsidized oil), as well as free passage for all labor wanting to go to the same state. (current border policy)

          Third: We will use CA for the ‘no controls’ expermients on farming (Subsidezed farming). They have the same border issue as Texas( current border policy), and have an equivilent farming production to a heartland state.

          so, at the end of this we have the following lineup:
          No energy production from Texas/no external labor (Red state)
          No food production from Iowa/no external labor      (Blue state)

          Energy production from LA/external labor (Red state)
          Food production from CA/external labor (Blue state)

          then we can see how well the ‘geniuses’ in those state do.

          BTW I predict my results here:

          Texas still thrives, LA booms, Iowa turns into a wasteland, and CA will continue its long slide into the ocean, (with near everyone thinking of ways to regulate ocean currents). And everyone starves for the lack of food production and/or the ability to move said produce at any reasonable cost.

          As for the Texas border HELL YES we want that controlled. we have a narco war on our doorsteps, and it is keeping us quite occupied keeping the bad guys from interrupting your organic arugula and tofu infused pesto salad. We have been BEGGING the national government to help..and we are told (on national TV no less) that the borders are more secure than ever. Sure it is, then we get statements like yours…wait what? I’m sorry, the cognitive dissonance hurts so badly. Maybe there in an #OWS rally you can attend to regain your inner spiritual harmony. (perhaps OWS -Oakland?)

          As for the subsidies, I got no mind of it either way, but if we end subsidies for one industry, we end them for ALL industries. no favoristes, no governmental ‘investments fro tomorrow’. No union propping, no govt dollars for ANY of it. Oh and no governmental donations from private sector either (not from corps, not from unions) no PACs, no internal coalitions..just individuals. ONLY individuals. After all political donations are subsidies fro the candidates no? Cognitive dissonance again? No problem, this post will still be here when you return from another cleansing #OWS

        • Random Passerby

          “Differing amounts of social programs in different US states cause grifters and douchebags and criminals from the midwest and the south (e.g. US citizens) to move to the northeast where all the money and good schools and good social programs are.”

          Indeed.With model cities like Chicago and Detroit Why aren’t MORE folks moving that way? Cheap housing (News stories on houses going for a mere $1), Great schools (Literacy nearing 50%!) and the best social programs money can buy (needle exchanges!) and the most hospitable atmosphere one can possibly ask for (no gangs at all!) and the safest streets with the tightest gun control laws in the nation (only the highest murder rates for ya’ll!)

          Me? I’m to stupid to move up north there. I’m bitter, I cling..and I like going out to shoot a few folks before bedtime.
          Besides, it is freaking cold up there. And no bikinis.

        • robert108

          The oil industry is not “subsidized”; it’s highly profitable, and needs no subsidies.  More left wing Big Lie propaganda.  In fact, invaders feast off of your welfare system in many ways.  All govt programs in CA are much more available to invaders than they are to citizens.

    • robert108

      One of the expenses to taxpayers from the invaders is the mandate of having to have official documents in Spanish.  We shouldn’t be paying for that.

  • Jamermorrow

    Immigrants are not the problem. Socialism is the problem. How does an immigrant working in the U.S. hurt the U.S.. We benefit from their productivity. An immigrant working for $4 an hour is more productive than somebody on unemployment, SS, government worker, etc… The problem is not immigration. Soon we won’t have to worry about immigration we will be worrying about emigration. 

    • robert108

      It’s not “immigration”, it’s invasion, and it’s a very big problem.  The invaders consume more resources than they contribute, but a sovereign state must control who can enter, or it ceases to be sovereign.

  • borborygmi

    I like Jon Stewarts take on Mitt and his hiring of illegals or at least employing a company that hires illegals   Mitt paraprhased talking to the company ” I’m running for office and I can’t have ….”  as if he wasn’t running for office “eh no big deal” 

  • WOOF

    Watch out Marco Rubio, the birthers are coming.

    Birthers Convinced Marco Rubio is a Cuban Citizen, and Yes… Obama’s Still a Kenyan
    http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2011/10/marco_rubio_citizen_birther_obama_kenyan.php

    • Guest

      But they aren’t racists or anything. /sarcasm

      • Terry

        HAWAII.GOV Bureau of Conveyances -Official Public
        Records
        Document
        Number R2007203358
         Recording Date 
        Recording Date:
        Date instrument recorded.
        YYYY-MM-DD
        2007-11-21

        Document Category:
        Judgment/LienConveyanceMiscellaneousMortgageReleaseUniform
        Commercial Code
        Description 

        NOTICE OF LIEN
        (INCLUDES COUNTY, FEDERAL & STATE TAX LIENS; MARITIME LIEN)

        Grantor  Grantor:
        Party transferring
        interest.
        BONILLA WILLIAM
        L II
        Grantee  Grantee:
        Party acquiring interest.
        HAWAII
        STATE-TAX

  • spud

    The correct terminology on how we handle illegals is “pathetic”.  We are pathetic in being underfunded to deal with this problem.  Also whether you are democratic or republican show me the will of the country leaders to deal with it.  Dems don’t have a wish or prayer on this and republicans are all talking points as they are not going to be the ones to go out and do the job. Both parties are pathetic.    

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    Imagine my amusement when I saw rube had written, “That’s not exactly accurate”, in reference to another blog’s headline.

  • Jamermorrow

    Emigration is at an all time high. Many of top Ivy league graduates are leaving the United States. I don’ t think immigration will be a problem in the future. We will be finding ways to keep the educated in the country. Two friends just moved their businesses outside the U.S.. Get this they couldn’t find good workers in the U.S.. Two high school friends are engineers in Europe. Pays better than the U.S.. Couple military buddies moved back to Japan because the pay is better. It is happening young people are figuring it out.

  • VocalYokel

    The fact that ‘anchor babies’ may spawn wondrous offspring is no justification for giving them automatic citizenship, anymore than the fact that a baby may grow up to be the next Hitler can be used to legitimize the murder of unborn children.

  • mikemc1970

    I think Hannitized aka Guest is an anchor baby. Quick someone tie a rope around him and throw him overboard.

  • Jackass

    dePORT them all, especially A-rod

Top