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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

How will Michelle Malkin Respond to This? Hung By Her Own Petard

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Some preliminary business. I might comment on North Korea and that serious situation a bit later in the week. Right now every blogger in the World is contributing his or her two cents. I am not sure at this point my pontifications would add any anything to that. I will say that Tony Snow handled the press brilliantly today and I think Bush is doing what is appropriate up to this point.

ANCHOR BABIES. First, let me say I am a not a particular fan of this term. The main reason for this is that many people are using this term to describemillions of Americans. The subtext is that they are less American than we are and their views don't matter. I find that pretty pathatic honestly. Under the law they are as American as George Bush or Tancredo himself. They will always will be.

Second, I am not saying that in the future that this issue of automatic citizenship of future Children born here of foreigners should not be revisited. I have mixed feelings on the subject ,and it is a legitimate subject of debate. It is also a very complicated issue.

Third. Why I am picking on Michelle Malkin?. Well for my thoughts on that matter go here to my earlier post. I checked up on her assorted blogs today and it appears she just keeps on linking and endorsing this nonsense. In fact go here and go to her post on our babbling President. Nonsense that is not in my view conservative or Republican in anyway. Also, I think its clear that for those that love the hardline solution to this solution , that I need to put a human face on it for those folks. It appears that perhaps many hardliners(deport them all or starve them all over the border) favorite spokeswoman is a good human face for that purpose.

I am sure Michelle Malkin is aware that several liberal bloggers are on to this interesting factoid in her life that has come to the top recently. So far she nor her allies have responded to this revelation. Perhaps she can supply some missing facts? However it has been a couple of months since this started hitting the net. I have yet for that crowd to respond. So I shall follow this matter till Michelle Malkin clears up the matter.

What does the term Anchor Baby refer too.

The definition of this term is varied. It is used in the context of those people that come here illegally and have a child here. That child become a American Citizen and then through legal remedies helps to "anchor" that illegal(s) here to this country. Or at least makes it harder to deport them. It is also used in the context of those here legally and have a child. That child is of course an American citizen. The same legal person or couple(often here on green cards) also has the avenue of possible benefits as the illegal alien I just described. How in the World does this apply to Michelle Malkin?

Michelle Malkin and her friends views on Anchor Babies?

Michelle has touched on this issue often. In fact she commented on this in 2003 when talking about the horrible Yaser Esam Hamdi incident in Iraq. The full article can be found here. I will excerpt parts of it.
"And then there are "Americans" such as Yaser Esam Hamdi. These are "Americans" by accident. "Americans" on paper. "Americans" who invoke their citizenship privileges only when it comes time to save their hides or cash in on government benefits.
Hamdi was born in East Baton Rouge, La., on Sept. 26, 1980. His parents were both citizens of Saudi Arabia. Hamdi's father was here on a temporary work assignment as a chemical engineer for the Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corp., a Saudi government-controlled industrial giant. When Hamdi was 3, his family went back to Saudi Arabia.
For the next two decades, Hamdi was raised in the Saudi kingdom. He spoke their language, not ours. He went to their schools, not ours. He embraced their culture, their religion and their way of life. Not ours. ......Left unresolved, however, was whether Hamdi should even be considered an American at all.......Clearly, the custom of granting automatic citizenship at birth to children of tourists and temporary workers such as Hamdi and to countless "anchor babies" delivered by illegal aliens on American soil, undermines the integrity of citizenship – not to mention national security. Originally intended to ensure the citizenship rights of newly freed slaves and their families after the Civil War, the citizenship clause has evolved into a magnet for alien lawbreakers and a shield for terrorist infiltrators and enemy combatants.
If the courts refuse to close the birthright citizenship loopholes, Congress must. Citizenship is too precious to squander on accidental Americans in Name Only

Michelle of course is doing what any aggressive columnist is doing. Picking out the worst example of something and trying to make an argument that thus the whole system shoud be changed. We shall return to this subject of "Americans by accident" and Malkin herself.

What is interesting is what this source that often people in Michelles camp like to link to says:
Friends of Immigration Law Enforcement, submitted a 'friend of the court' or Amicus brief. They asked the Supreme Court to address the issue of whether Hamdi should be considered an American citizen at all, since at the time of his birth his parents were foreign nationals with no fealty to this nation.

In 2004 Michelle revisted the issue of "anchor babies" on her blog.
During my book tour across the country for Invasion, this issue came up time and again. In the Southwest, everyone has a story of heavily pregnant women crossing the Mexican border to deliver their "anchor babies." At East Coast hospitals, tales of South Korean "obstetric tourists" abound. (An estimated 5,000 South Korean anchor babies are born in the US every year). And, of course, there's a terrorism angle.
The time is ripe to reassess drive-by citizenship and what it means to be an American. Alas, given the huge
chasm between elites and public opinion on immigration, while it's safe to say that such a referendum would pass just as overwhelmingly here in America, it will never come to a vote in the first place.

Well that seems interesting. Notice that she links to Vdare here. Let me ask you if that link and his argument is related to Michelles own situation as we shall see.

IS MICHELLE MALKIN A ANCHOR BABY? The facts as we know them.

Michelle's father is currently a doctor and a American citizen. God bless him. I am glad that he was able live the American dream. Even though I disagree with his daughter on some issues, I am glad she is living it too. How did her father end her here. Well according to this article."Michelle Maglalang was born to Filipino immigrants in Philadelphia on October 20, 1970. Her parents had arrived in the U.S. earlier that year. Her father was a doctor in training with a visa sponsored by an employer. Her mother was a schoolteacher." First lets be clear they were not immigrants in the sense of the term that Michelle and others use. From this interesting C-Span interview of MIchelle. It is quite a interview, and I am going to try to find it in their archives so see her facial expressions and tenor when she said encountered this part of the interview.
LAMB: You said that your parents became citizens in `89. When did they come to the United States?
MALKIN: In 1970.
LAMB: Why did they come here?
MALKIN: To pursue a better life. My dad is a doctor. My mom is a school teacher. And they`ve always treasured freedom. They`ve always wanted to live the American dream. And they left 1970, right before Ferdinand Marcos became dictator. So there was definitely the impetus there. They`re, you know, the -- the archetypal people yearning to breathe free.
LAMB: Were they political in the Philippines?
MALKIN: No. No. No, they weren`t.
LAMB: So how did they -- what -- what kind of a visa did they get to come here?
MALKIN: My dad came on a -- he was -- like I said, he was a doctor, so he was training here and had an employer sponsor and then -- you know, and then, you know, went on their way, like most people do who have green cards, and then eventual American citizenship.
LAMB: Where did you live? I mean, where did -- where were you born?
MALKIN: I was born in Philadelphia. And that`s where my dad first did, you know, his training. And I grew up in the tri-state area, mostly in southern New Jers

Well, my goodness it appears to me that Michelle Malkin was not a child of immigrants but a child of somehere on a green card or really just a student. It seems that byher own definition she is a "American by accident" or just an "American on paper". When exactly did they arrive here in 1970? Could it be that it's even worse and horrors, that the act of love between her parents that produced this anti anchor baby activist occurred in the Phillippines itself. That Michelle is actually came from the acorn of a foreign fetus. What will here friends at American Patrol, Vdare, and other assorted braintrust think of that.

Anywho, lets assume this life giving act occurred here in the USA. Isn't she still a Anchor Baby on her own terms. Her parents did not return to their native country to give birth. Lets assume that she was the product of a temporary guest worker sperm and guest worker egg. Is it appropriate to ask what Doctors make here compared to the Philippines. Can we ask if this played a part in the decision to concieve? IS it not correct that by having Malkin here that they themselves suddenly had all the benifits of those avenues that Michelle Malkin rants against now and wants to close down without exception? That she herself because of these received the benefits by living a nice life style and had the opportunity for wonderful private education from grade school to college? That if we follow Malkin proposals to the logical conclusion that Malkin's own children would be denied basic state services such as education and health care?

One must note also that the above interview came from her book Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores. There are a lot of questions. Did her dad overstay his visa? Did he apply for new avenues of benefit because he had a "American" by accident(those are Michelle's words and use of quotes not mine). Did her dad get to come over here by what is really a H-1 visa today? Something that she rants about in that same interview. Also as noted above a friend of the Court brief was submitted in the Hamdi case asking if this guy was even a citizen because he was born of parents that were at the time of his birth were foreign nationals that had no feality to this nation. How legally is this different from Malkin's case. No fear Michelle if the radicals wish to deport you, I will hide you and give you shelter. I am serious about that by the way. By the way aren't you a dual citizen. Have you renounced that?


I do not wish to imply that Michelle Malkin or her parents or nothing more than the honorable citizens they are. They all are decent Americans. But I write this for one reason. Would the US have been better off if Michelle Malkin was in fact a citizen of a foreign land if what she wants would have been the law. I disagree with her but the answer is clearly no. Again, there is a danger to the simplistic and bombastic arguments that allow no exceptions whatsoever. Malkin needs a little ridicule and exposure on this because she is making a nice living doing it. Also her words influence a debate that effects millions.

At this point, I cannot find where she has responded to this. Her allies have been strangly silent. Perhaps I have missed it. Mrs Malkin if you want to make these arguments be honest. Tell me how every illegal or those that are here on "guest worker like programs" that you rail against are ALL EVERYONE without exception different from you and your situation. At least Mrs Malkin do this. Can you listen. Can you you please speak out against those that compare every illegal child, woman, and man, to bank robbers. Can you speak out against those that say every "Mexican" is coming here just to have a baby to play the system. Can you speak out against all those that say all these future illegals would not make good citizens and they are just in for the bucks. Just a little stepping back and thinking that is all. Lastly quit calling those Republicans and conservatives(Like Our President) that don't agree with your approach horrible names. It seems fair Mrs Malkin, especially seeing your past.

Update I
So far I have been through pages of blogs and the only blogs that talk about this are liberal ones. That in itself is pretty bad. Folks, just like the fact that the League of the South and the CoCC were the the people that organized and were the main participants in one of the largest anti immigration rallys is not going away, this isn't either. I find it pretty shocking that I did not learn till today that Malkin was by her defination and common usage a "anchor baby". I just took for granted she was the child of "immigrants" as that term is commonly used and in fact how the right uses its. This has been talked about nonstop it seems for weeks. Not a great day for the "conservative" fact checking and holding people accountable by the conservative and Republican Blogsphere.

Please go here for more on Malkin go to this post by the ever resourceful Subway Canaries


Anonymous SallyVee said...

Whoa, you have just pondered open a big ole can of worms.

Malkin's self-righteousness and smug attitude about everything drove me away from her months ago. I absolutely hate the way FoxNews allows her to speak for "conservatives" and for "Bush's base." I've also wondered from time to time about her fixation on punishing foreigners -- whether it was the Japanese Americans of 60 yrs ago or today's Mexican illegals.

So I guess we need a shrink here... is Michelle the world's first recorded self-loathing anchor baby? Was her book "Unhinged" an autobiography?

I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for "conservatives" to delve into this bit of apparent hypocrisy. Michelle seems to have been anointed by the elite thinkers and talkers driving this ugly Alien Purge agenda, and to them she can do no wrong.

10:15 PM  
Blogger Pondering American said...

It is curious. I mean I am curious why no one has brought this up too her on the shows she is on. I suspect that day ic coming. I bet thought that she will stay away from Shows that deal with the anchor baby issue though.

I do not expect her to have to have a setideals because of her accidents of her birth. Even though it was a very good accident. BUt she certaintly needs to explain why she is so different and for instance a child that hs been here since like the age of 2 should be deported to El Salvador.

10:27 PM  
Blogger SallyVee said...

Oh no. You'll never hear Malkin or Tancredo or Hayworth talking about the cost or the gargantuan effort or the sheer inhumanity of rounding up and deporting all those 'tuberculosis ridden criminals.'

I only caught a bit of news today, but I could swear I heard someone (possibly Mayor Bloomberg?) raising the issue with a good bit of vehemence -- talking about the insane prospect of deporting 11,000,000 people... honestly, when average people think about it for 30 seconds, it's so ludicrous you don't even know what to say when someone suggests it with a straight face.

10:40 PM  
Blogger SJ Reidhead said...

Dear Pondering American;

I may not be the brightest star in the sky, but what did I miss about the Dunkin' Donuts Malkin dust up? Is she ready to join dingbat Sheehan in the dimwit hall of fame? Maybe I'm just not all that bright....

I love the link. I don't now how familiar you are with Rense, but even the worst nutcase UFO people don't use Rense. It is kookdom at its worst - and Malkin is using it?

Thank you Pondering Amereican. I guess the Subway Canaries is going to stay up late tonight! (and there was this interesting book I was reading about mutant manta rays turning preditor - but then after reading Malkin, that story seems more grounded in reality!)

The Subway Canaries

10:52 PM  
Blogger Pondering American said...

Let me clarify she is not using rense. She might have in the past? But I know that people she supports reference him. Plus he supports the typical hardline view

11:30 PM  
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8:58 PM  

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