On Saturday, the anti-Trump Time magazine published an article about a pregnant El Salvadoran woman who put herself and her baby in danger by illegally crossing the Rio Grande River to gain entry into the United States.
Instead of evoking sympathy, the TIME article will likely infuriate Americans who are sick and tired of foreigners crossing our borders illegally to gain access to free health care in our hospitals and claim U.S. citizenship for their newborn babies. It’s a scheme that pregnant women are well aware of, as they make their way from foreign countries to our southern border. You only need to make it across the border, give birth, and Voilà!— your baby becomes an American citizen.
From the TIME article: Eight-and-a-half-months pregnant and experiencing contractions, an El Salvadoran woman crossed the Rio Grande — only to be apprehended by Border Patrol. She was not allowed to stay.
Agents took her to the hospital, where doctors gave her medication to stop the contractions. And then, according to the woman and her lawyer, she was almost immediately sent back to Mexico. There, she joined the more than 38,000 people forced to wait across the border for immigration court hearings under a rapidly expanding Trump administration policy. And her plight highlights the health risks and perils presented by the “Remain in Mexico” program.
The woman was waiting Thursday with her 3-year-old daughter in a makeshift tent camp in Matamoros, Mexico, next to an international bridge, due to give birth any day, said her attorney, Jodi Goodwin.
“She’s concerned about having the baby in the street or having to have the baby in a shelter,” Goodwin said.
The TIME article warns about the dangers pregnant women are faced with as they make their trek to the border. They also could about the overcrowded conditions in the tent cities and shelter on the Mexican side. Curiously, the article never mentions that no one forced them to travel to our border in hopes of getting across and giving birth in America.
Illegal immigrants who give birth to babies in the United States put a tremendous burden on U.S. taxpayers. According to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS):
- In 2014, one in five births (791,000) in the United States was to an immigrant mother (legal or illegal). Our best estimate is that legal immigrants accounted for 12.4 percent (494,000) of all births, and illegal immigrants accounted for 7.5 percent (297,000).
- The 297,000 births per year to illegal immigrants is larger than the total number of births in any state other than California and Texas. It is also larger than the total number of births in 16 states plus the District of Columbia, combined.
- The estimated 28,000 births to illegal immigrants in just the Los Angeles metro area is larger than the total number of births in 14 states and the District of Columbia.
- Among the native-born, a large share of new mothers (42 percent) are either uninsured or on Medicaid. The rate is even higher among new mothers who are legal immigrants (47 percent) and higher still for new mothers who are in the United States illegally (67 percent). Almost all of these births are likely paid for by taxpayers.
- Of all births likely paid for by taxpayers, about one in four (429,000) was to an immigrant (legal or illegal). Illegal immigrants account for 11 percent (198,000) of all publicly funded births, and legal immigrants are another 13 percent (231,000).
- We estimate that the cost to taxpayers for births to immigrants (legal and illegal) is roughly $5.3 billion — $2.4 billion of which is for illegal immigrants.
President Trump is fighting to stop birthright citizenship for anchor babies born to immigrants in America.
In October 2018, President Trump explained to Axios how he can do away with the birthright citizenship provision in the 14th Amendment via executive order.
Babies born to illegal alien mothers within U.S. borders are called anchor babies because under the 1965 immigration Act, they act as an anchor that pulls the illegal alien mother and eventually a host of other relatives into permanent U.S. residency. (Jackpot babies is another term).
Of course, the hypocritical Democrat who criticize President Trump for trying to end birthright citizenship, have probably forgotten about how, in 1993, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was very vocal about the “anchor babies,” issue saying, “No sane country would permit birthright citizenship.”
Democrat Senator Harry Reid in 1993: "No Sane Country" Would Permit Birthright Citizenship pic.twitter.com/cWbrKHhH8u
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 30, 2018
In July, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) traveled to Mexico where he found an 8 1/2 month pregnant woman who was in a detention center with her husband and 3-year-old child awaiting asylum in the U.S.
Wyden said the woman will now get the help she needs. If he hadn’t stepped in, she and her family could have been stuck in Mexico at the facility, potentially for months, while they waited for their asylum case to be reviewed.
KGW8-TV reported on the incident:
The Democrat senator bragged about bringing a family from Mexico across our border to give her access to health care at a Texas hospital on his Twitter account.
There were concerns she had serious medical complications that were life-threatening to her & her unborn baby. She tried to get across the border but was denied until it became clear to law enforcement that I was accompanying her. She was taken to a hospital to get care.
It shouldn’t have to take being escorted by a U.S. Senator to get asylum seekers and migrants to safety in the United States. After my time in Juarez, I’m reflecting on the hundreds — perhaps thousands — of women just like her who are unable to get the medical care they need.
It shouldn’t have to take being escorted by a U.S. Senator to get asylum seekers and migrants to safety in the United States. After my time in Juarez, I’m reflecting on the hundreds — perhaps thousands — of women just like her who are unable to get the medical care they need. pic.twitter.com/X0mk1iJr6q
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) July 27, 2019
Senator Ron Wyden claimed that the woman he brought across the border had serious medical complications, but in the photo, Wyden posted on his Twitter account, she appears to be standing up (wearing a black dress) without any assistance.
Wyden posted a video of himself bragging about dragging an entire family of illegal aliens across our US border where she will have an anchor baby, compliments of the American taxpayer.
While across the border, I met a young woman who was seeking refuge in the U.S., who was more than 8 months pregnant. pic.twitter.com/kkRoPXvDrK
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) July 27, 2019
Fox News’ Laura Ingraham lit into Senator Ron Wyden and his sickening public relations stunt.
A sitting US Senator @RonWyden @WydenForOregon drives to Mexico, takes a random 8.5 mo pregnant #IllegalAlien, puts her in his car, & when Border Patrol refuse to admit her, says:
“I am a US Senator, you have to let us in!”#ArrestWyden #LawbreakerWyden @WydenPress pic.twitter.com/3JaSilVaeV
— 🇺🇸California Condor🇺🇸 (@Condor_Law) July 30, 2019
Should Americans be made to feel guilty for sending pregnant women back to Mexico, who are trying to cut to the front of the immigration line, ahead of foreigners who’ve been waiting several months or years to gain legal citizenship? Should pregnant women who successfully make it across our border from foreign countries, qualify for special privileges like taxpayer-funded healthcare and U.S. citizenship? Tell us what you think in the comment section below.