Anchor Babies are under Jurisdiction of Mexico, so are not US Citizens! Here’s Proof!

Anchor Babies on Trial in Texas

By Phyllis Schlafly

A federal case moving to trial in Texas could provide a means to stop the practice of extending automatic U.S. citizenship to children born to illegal aliens. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump recently called for legislation to end that unpopular practice, which polls show Americans oppose by more than 2 to 1, and even Jeb Bush admitted that it’s perfectly legitimate to call those children “anchor babies.”

The Pew Research Center estimated that 340,000 children are born annually to citizens of Mexico and other foreign countries who are living illegally in the United States, and that doesn’t include children born to “birth tourists,” primarily from Asian countries, which the Center for Immigration Studies estimates could be as high as 36,000. These children are called “anchor babies” because their presumed citizenship enables their parents to access a variety of benefit programs intended for U.S. citizens and makes it so much easier for the entire family to continue living here illegally.

The Texas case is still in its pretrial stage, but an explosive document filed there last week by the government of Mexico adds fuel to the national debate that Trump touched off. The legal brief, which includes a sworn affidavit by Mexico’s consul general for Texas, Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, openly admits that Mexico’s official policy is to encourage its poor people to migrate here illegally in order to access our generous welfare system.

The brief begins by declaring that “Mexico is responsible to protect its nationals wherever they may be residing,” and a footnote clarifies that under the Mexican Constitution, “Mexican nationality is granted to children born abroad of a Mexican-born parent.” In other words, anchor babies born in this country retain their parents’ nationality, which means their citizenship belongs there, not here.

Liberals claim that our own Constitution guarantees automatic U.S. citizenship to all children born on American soil, and it’s true that the Fourteenth Amendment begins with the words, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States … are citizens of the United States.” But behind those three little dots is an important qualification: “and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.”

What that forgotten phrase means is that when someone born here is “subject to the jurisdiction” of another nation, that child does not become a U.S. citizen unless the laws passed by Congress so provide (and they don’t). By filing its legal brief and submitting sworn testimony in the Texas case, Mexico is officially declaring that children born to its citizens living illegally in the United States remain “subject to the jurisdiction” of Mexico.

The Mexican consul, in his sworn testimony, says, “My responsibilities in this position include protecting the rights and promoting the interests of my fellow Mexican nationals,” and “the main responsibility of consulates is to provide services, assistance and protection to nationals abroad.” Mexico’s assertion of continuing jurisdiction over its “nationals abroad” is inconsistent with any claim to automatic U.S. citizenship merely by reason of birth on U.S. soil.

The Texas case was filed on behalf of about two-dozen mothers who admit they are citizens of Mexico living illegally in Texas. The women complain that without proper ID they cannot get birth certificates for their Texas-born children, and that without birth certificates, they can’t enroll in Medicaid, food stamps, Section 8 housing and other U.S. taxpayer-provided benefits.

Like other states, Texas issues a birth certificate to a close relative only upon presentation of a valid ID issued by a U.S. federal or state agency. These restrictions were adopted to combat the growing epidemic of identity theft, whose main cause is the widespread use of forged or fake documents by illegal aliens.

In order to assist its citizens living here illegally who cannot get the required ID, Mexican consulates issue an official-looking document called the matricula consular, which includes a laminated photo. Of course, Texas rightly refuses to accept such foreign identity documents, which it has no way to verify.

The basic allegation of the lawsuit is that by refusing to accept the matricula consular as proper ID for obtaining a birth certificate, Texas is somehow violating the Fourteenth Amendment by depriving anchor babies of U.S. citizenship. On the contrary, their reliance on a foreign identity document proves they are “subject to the jurisdiction” of a foreign power and thus not eligible for automatic U.S. citizenship.

The Texas lawsuit was concocted by a group called the South Texas Civil Rights Project, which was founded in 1972 as a spin-off of the ACLU. It was assisted by another leftwing legal outfit, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, whose largest supporter, the Legal Services Corporation, collected $375 million of U.S. taxpayer funds in the current fiscal year.

Phyllis Schlafly is a lawyer, conservative political analyst and author of two new books just published last year: “Who Killed the American Family” (WND) and the 50th Anniversary edition of “A Choice Not An Echo” (Regnery), available at, amazon, and usual sources. She can be contacted by e-mail at To find out more about Phyllis Schlafly and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Website at



asking you

Michelle Obama

To Me
Today at 9:55 AM
I did all I could to stop Barry Obama from becoming president.  However, I like to watch what the other side is doing and saying.  Therefore, I get all of the demonRat letters, as well as watch and read their propagandist news media.  I can see how they blind-side so many otherwise wonderful Americans!  In any event, I recently received the following from Michelle Obama:

“Earlier this month, because of what you did, it became illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against the up to 129 million Americans living with pre-existing conditions. Young Americans are able to stay on their parents’ health care plans as they get on their feet, and we can now know that our insurance companies won’t put lifetime caps on our coverage.

“You should be so proud of that. That happened because you organized, you talked to your friends and neighbors, and you chipped in what you could, when you could, to elect Barack and a Congress who supported his agenda.

“Today, I’m asking you to do it again.

“So before Barack gives his State of the Union address tomorrow, chip in $3 or more and help protect Obamacare:

“Thank you so much,”


NOW, FAR BE IT FROM ME TO DISPUTE THE 1ST LADY!  However, here is what else you did:

You let Obama spend $800 billion dollars on a stimulus bill that did not increase employment one bit.  In fact, despite the phony claims of the democRats that they have added 4.3 million jobs, in fact, more than 11,000,000 workers can’t find work since Obama took office.  In fact, 30 per cent (92 million) of America is not working today, that would like that opportunity! “‘Nuff said about unemployment.”

Let’s not forget Bush was a spendthrift (he was very wasteful), but in 8 years, he didn’t come close to the wasteful spending of Barry O in 4 years!  Also, you need to remember, that all spending starts in the House of Representatives.  The biggest budget busting years of the Bush administration took place after the democRats took over both the House and controlled both the House and Senate in January 2007! In any event, Barry Obama is responsible for over $5 trillion in needless debt!

Now that ObamaScare is fully in place (except for the areas Obama un-Constitutionally changed), He has the distinction of being  the greatest tax increasing politician in history!

His greatest accomplishment is the killing of Osama Ben Ladin!  However, even that victory is shaded by his 3 days of vacillation on whether to take the shot or not. Why?

Again, while the Obama administration claims an unemployment rate of less than 7%, the truth is that he stopped counting the 11,000,000 people that have stopped looking for work.  (Bush had 6,000,000 stop looking for work during his 8 years.)

The National median home price has fallen almost $100,000 to $183,000, but that is leveling and starting to go back up (as long as interest rates stay low).

Under Bush, gas prices stayed around $1.80 until the democRats took control of congress in January 2007.  It took them almost two years to get them up to over $4 a gallon (but they had success once Obama was elected). Now, Obama can claim he got gas prices down from a high of $4.09 . to the low to medium $3 range.

Foreclosures have fallen, but there still are too many.

Of course, only the most forgetful fail to recall Obama’s claim that, “…this is the moment when the oceans cease to rise and the planet will heal!”  Of course, neither happened! Also, terrorism is more dangerous today than it was when Obama took office.  We have had more terrorism in the USA  under Obama, since 9-11 (although not that many killed in any one incident)!  We have had more Americans die around the world by terrorism since Obama has been president! (One was an ambassador in Behghazi, Lybia).

More people on Food Stamps than ever!  More below the poverty level since LBJ started his war on poverty! The Department of Commerce indicates for every billion of goods we import American’s lose 20,000 jobs.  We now import $792,000,000,000 or 36,900,000 jobs lost!

I could go on and on, but not to bore you, let’s close out with the thought that Obama seems to be turning the Free Enterprise system of the USA into a communist system.  Don’t forget what Frank Zappa had to say, “Communism doesn’t work, because people like to own stuff.”  Then, back in the 1970’s as China was establishing its early days of Free Enterprise, P. J. O’Rourke said, “You can’t get good Chinese takeout in China, and Cuban cigars are rationed in Cuba. That’s all you need to know about communism.”

Mr Obama, learn from the Chinese! Communism doesn’t work (neither does crony capitalism which Obama seems to like where he can’t establish communism). Crony capitalism was called Fascism during the 1930’s and 1940’s.  So, Mr Obama you leave us a little confused!  You want to demand income equality while your cronies in business have made the gap between workers and owners larger than ever.  You are working hard to establish communism in the USA, but with your billionaire friends you are a Fascist.  Which system do you believe in, if anything?