Journalism: August 2010 Archives

Sandhya Somashekhar authored an article in the Washington Post on the failing push by Republican leadership to revise the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which grants citizenship to all human beings that are born on U.S. soil. 

Towards the end of an article is a nonsenical paragraph from Somashekhar that plays on the fears of nativists that unauthorized migrants are somehow purposely having babies in the U.S. to benefit themselves. 

More troubling to some is that illegal immigrants often further root themselves in U.S. society by having American children, their plight often winning the sympathy of the public. In one widely publicized case in 2007, a Mexican woman barricaded herself and her 8-year-old son, who was a U.S. citizen, inside a Chicago church in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid deportation.
Sandhya Somashekhar - Washington Post (8 August 2010)
Somashekhar contradicts herself in her own paragraph, here.  She appeals to an anonymous "some" here to suggest that unauthorized migrants are rooting themselves in U.S. society through having "American children" and then cites the case of Elvira Arellano who was deported away to Mexico despite having a U.S. citizen child.  How could Arellano have further "rooted" herself in the U.S. through a child when she was deported?

It's just a small paragraph at the end of an article but it nonetheless legitimizes false fears that unauthorized migrants are coming to the U.S. specifically to have babies in order to benefit themselves.  Anyone who is intellectually honest knows that this is not true.

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