Immigration

Michelle Malkin, anchor baby?: Awkward charge if she wants to be Tom Tancredo's running mate

With the deadline for printing Colorado's ballot fast approaching, Tom Tancredo will have to move fast if he wants to replace Doug "Dayhorse" Campbell, the American Constitution Party lieutenant governor candidate he inherited when he took the top spot. The name of conservative columnist Michelle Malkin stirred interest -- and an accusation that she's an "anchor baby."

That's an awkward label for a potential Tancredo running mate, since this country's failure to enforce immigration laws is his primary platform. And Malkin, too, has been strident in her support of Arizona's immigration laws.

But as it turns out, while Malkin automatically became a citizen under the Fourteenth Amendment when she was born in Pennsylvania forty years ago to parents who were Philippine citizens -- her parents (a physician and a teacher) were also here legally on an employer-sponsored visa.

Malkin moved to Colorado Springs with her own family a few years ago -- which makes the outspoken pundit eligible to be on a Colorado ballot.

For more on actual anchor babies, including an estimate that 340,000 of the 4.3 million babies born in the U.S. in 2008 had parents that were unauthorized immigrants, read this recent Pew trust report.

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