September 3, 2010 - 2:09am
In a list of famous Americans with a parent (or both) born in another
country, the un-bylined last page "Back Story" of this week's Newsweek listed "BARACK OBAMA (Kenyan Father)" on the page headlined: "What's So Scary About an 'Anchor Baby'?"
The brief text below the headline, and on top of the diaper, made clear
the magazine's attempt to undermine those suggesting citizenship should
no longer be automatically conferred on anyone born within the United
There's a movement afoot to alter the 14th amendment,
the one that guarantees citizenship to anyone born on U.S. soil. Combine
this with anti-immigrant policies like Arizona's and you begin to
question the idea of America as a melting pot - as a nation of mothers
and fathers welcomed here to seek better lives. But the country has
benefited richly from their sons and daughters (right).
An "anchor baby" is a child born to parents in the U.S. illegally, so
is the magazine suggesting that Obama's father, as well as parents of
the 32 others in their list, were all illegal aliens at the time of the
births of their famous offspring? Talk about flinging scurrilous
allegations and encouraging the "birther" crowd.