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Knowles: No, Trump Isn't Exaggerating The 'Anchor Baby' Issue

In Tuesday’s episode of "The Michael Knowles Show," Michael took on the topic of "birthright tourism." The real question when it comes to the interpretation of the 14th Amendment, he suggested, is "who is birthright citizenship helping?"

"We've all used the term 'anchor baby.' Donald Trump didn't invent this term," said Knowles. "We've used it for decades to describe the process of people who come to the United States while they're pregnant, when they're just about to give birth, to have the baby, to get one of the most valuable things on earth, which is American citizenship, for their child. In part for what it'll do for the child, and in part then because it can start chain migration and bring the rest of the family over when the kid has a U.S. citizenship, and because you can't then deport the kid who has U.S. citizenship and you're probably not going to deport his parents."

"So, the left has been euphemizing this forever," he added. "See, oh no we've got to use this. We've got to use this and he says no, it's anchor babies. This is really happening, you know. This is not, President Trump sometimes exaggerates things. Conservatives can exaggerate things. This is not being exaggerated. There is such an industry as birth tourism..."

Knowles explained how numbers of chain migrants swelled under the Obama administration, leading to more crimes against the immigrants trying to come over.

"So when you've got these awful incentives — especially with a welfare system such as ours, which is so, so generous everywhere, and an immigration regime that isn't enforced — you encourage these predators, these human traffickers, these coyotes to bring pregnant women across, to bring young girls across. And we know from that study from Fusion and from Amnesty International that 60 to 80 percent of women and girls who were brought across that border illegally are raped or sexually assaulted."

Knowles concluded, "That is a horrible thing that you're encouraging, but you are encouraging it, and even birthright citizenship, that is encouraging the breaking of this law. So, you've got to think who is birthright citizenship helping?"

Video and transcript below:

No, I'm gonna say the word anchor baby. And he threw it into stark relief. We've all used the term anchor baby. Donald Trump didn't invent this term. We've used it for decades to describe the process of people who come to the United States while they're pregnant, when they're just about to give birth, to have the baby, to get one of the most valuable things on earth which is American citizenship for their child.

In part for what it'll do for the child and in part then because it can start chain migration and bring the rest of the family over when the kid has a U.S. citizenship and because you can't then deport the kid who has U.S. citizenship and you're probably not going to deport his parents.

So, the left has been euphemizing this forever. See, oh no we've got to use this. We've got to use this and he says no, it's anchor babies. This is really happening, you know. This is not, President Trump sometimes exaggerate things. Conservatives can exaggerate things. This is not being exaggerated. There is such an industry as birth tourism, specifically among Chinese women especially here in California, we see it. There were articles going back way before the Trump era, way before Trump was running for president, which described these compounds for birth tourism and one article about it described them quote: like a brothel in reverse, which is very descriptive. These women, you get a dozen, two dozen women in a dirty room, a filthy room. Could can you even imagine this? Get a dozen or two dozen six-month pregnant women. Oh dear God what hell on earth that must be! And they're all just in this room together, in these shabby conditions. Dirt, you know, filth everywhere and they're paying a ton of money to do it. In 2015, a year before the 2016 election, there was a big article about this quote: The Tourist baby boom bringing Chinese women to the U.S. to have their babies as a growth business and homeland security is cracking down. It wasn't homeland security at the Trump administration, it was under the Obama administration. It was under a Democrat government, because it's a highly immoral. It's highly immoral to have these women living in the shadows, living in filthy conditions just to exploit a loophole in the present non-enforcement of our immigration regime.

It's also criminal. It's not criminal to come to the United States if you're pregnant. That one you still can do, but it is visa fraud to lie about your intentions. It is visa fraud to lie and say you're going on vacation when really what you're doing is staying in the U.S. for two or three months or four months to have a baby and get U.S. citizenship for that baby. It is lying when you say that you're just going for the tacos or something when really, you've paid an agency to set up a living condition for you to have your child and exploit this hole in the immigration system. You know, as of 2012, the Center for Immigration Studies estimated that thirty-six thousand pregnancy tourists would come from around the world every year. Just in 2012, thirty-six thousand. That's not nobody. I know that in a country of 300 million that doesn't seem like very much, but for a relatively new industry, that is a pretty shocking number. It shows that there are pretty entrenched business interests here and obviously this doesn't only apply to Chinese women and Taiwanese women. This applies to Latin American people who have been exploiting the poorest border with Mexico for decades and not just them exploiting it. It's actually the left in America and Democrats in America who were exploiting those who desperately want to make it to the U.S. and encouraging them to commit crimes to skip the line to undermine our immigration laws and to make it over here knowing that we're not going to kick them out. This creates very, very perverse incentives and this empowers really bad hombres, to borrow a phrase from our current immigration debate, really bad people get empowered by this, because all we see, all the left wants us to see is the cute little baby, shot at American future! The woman wants her son to have an American future, American citizenship.

Right I understand. I love being an American. It's one of the the greatest blessings one can imagine on earth, but the country can't support everybody, and we need to have laws. We need to be a country of laws that governs ourselves, that also allows people who are citizens to run this country. So when you've got these awful incentives, especially with a welfare system such as ours which is so, so generous everywhere and an immigration regime that isn't enforced, you encourage these predators, these human traffickers, these coyotes to bring pregnant women across, to bring young girls across and we know from that study from Fusion and from Amnesty International that 60 to 80 percent of women and girls who were brought across that border illegally are raped or sexually assaulted. That is a horrible thing that you're encouraging, but you are encouraging it, and even birthright citizenship, that is encouraging the breaking of this law.

So, you've got to think who is birthright citizenship helping?

 
 
 

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