Sunday, January 17, 2016

Marco Rubio: An Increasingly Irrelevant Anchor Baby

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

After all of the ink that has been spilled over Ted Cruz's foreign birth and his subsequent questionable eligibility to serve as President of the United States, it is somewhat surprising that more attention has not been directed toward the other candidate of Cuban descent who is also running for President.   Unlike Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio was born in the United States, and, also unlike Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio did not have an American citizen as a parent at the time of his birth.

Senator Rubio used to speak of his parents being "exiles" from the "thug" Castro's revolution in Cuba.  But as he rose in national prominence, journalists and others began fact-checking the young politician's appealing personal narrative.  It turns out that his parents arrived in the United States in 1956, nearly three years before Fidel Castro and his small, ragtag band of revolutionaries invaded Cuba.

Marco Rubio was born in 1971, fifteen years after his parents had arrived in the United States.  Surprisingly though, the parents had not pursued becoming official citizens of this country in all of that time.  But little Marco, by virtue of the 14th Amendment, arrived in this world as an American citizen.  He was, in the derogatory parlance preferred by Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, and most Arizonans, an "anchor baby."  Rubio's parents did not pursue naturalization as citizens until several years after his birth.

Donald Trump has recently been making a very big deal out of Ted Cruz's Canadian birth.  The fact that he is ignoring an easy shot at Rubio is perhaps more of an indicator of the Florida senator's increasing political irrelevance than it is a reflection of Trump's human side.

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