Rep. Gohmert Warns Of Baby Terrorists

June 25, 2010 12:21 pm ET — Walid Zafar

Speaking on the House floor last night, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) continued his assault on common sense by making the generally nonsensical claim that terrorists were recruiting pregnant women in order for them to have U.S.-born children who would, several decades from now, attack the United States and "destroy our way of life."  Gohmert made the comments while discussing border security and Arizona's controversial new immigration law. 

Gohmert: I talked to a retired FBI agent who said that one of the things they were looking at were terrorist cells overseas who had figured out how to game our system.  And it appeared they would have young women, who became pregnant, would get them into the United States to have a baby.  They wouldn't even have to pay anything for the baby.  And then they would turn back where they could be raised and coddled as future terrorists.  And then one day, twenty...thirty years down the road, they can be sent in to help destroy our way of life.  'Cause they figured out how stupid we are being in this country to allow our enemies to game our system, hurt our economy, get setup in a position to destroy our way of life.

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Law enforcement agencies have long warned that criminal elements (including suspected terrorists) are actively exploiting our porous borders to gain entry into the United States.  But Gohmert's claim is new and based solely on an unsubstantiated conversation with a retired FBI agent.  No news accounts or national security alerts seem to support this conclusion.  We contacted Gohmert's office to seek a clarification but got no response. 

It's likely that Gohmert is using an entirely concocted scenario to foment fear and drive the message — particularly popular among nativist elements — that birthright citizenship guaranteed under the Fourteenth Amendment poses an existential threat to national security.  Alluding to the threat of terrorism is not new for Gohmert.  For instance, he suggested last November that Democrats wanted another terrorist attack on New York City as a way to advance a jobs bill.  During the health care debate, he also made the outlandish claim that Democrats are more willing to negotiate with terrorists than with Republicans. 

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