August 13, 2010 3:14 pm ET - by Walid Zafar
In June, PoliticalCorrection.org first flagged comments Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) made on the House floor suggesting that terrorist groups were sneaking pregnant women into the United States as part of a nefarious scheme to launch terrorist attacks. According to Gohmert, these babies would be born here, sent back and "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."
As we previously noted, Gohmert's contrived scenario (which he attributes to an anonymous retired FBI agent) has little to do with national security and the very real threat of terrorism and more to do with conservative opposition to birthright citizenship guaranteed under the 14th Amendment.
While there are certainly immigrant woman — both documented and undocumented — who have babies in the U.S. who become American citizens, the purpose of their presence in the country is usually to work and is unrelated to obtaining any sort of special status, let alone breeding terrorists.
But Gohmert isn't one to be persuaded by the absence of evidence. Despite the fact that a former high-ranking FBI agent has dismissed the scenario, Gohmert appeared on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 last night and reiterated the need for vigilance. And of course, when asked for evidence, Gohmert grew flustered and did what he does fairly frequently on the House floor: he started screaming.
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