Thursday, May 10, 2012

Tea-Party Darling and 'Anchor Baby' Critic a Dual Citizen since 1978

So it turns out that, Rep. Michelle Bachmann, the darling of the Tea Party movement, a prominent birther-enabler, and a critic of so-called "anchor babies," has held dual Swiss citizenship since 1978.

Poltico reports
Rep. Michele Bachmann tried to downplay her dual U.S.-Swiss citizenship Wednesday, releasing a statement that asserts she has actually been a dual citizen since 1978.

“I automatically became a dual citizen of the United States and Switzerland in 1978 when I married my husband, Marcus. Marcus is a dual American and Swiss citizen because he is the son of Swiss immigrants. As a family, we just recently updated our documents,” the Minnesota Republican and former presidential candidate said in a statement. “This is a non-story.”
Rep. Bachmann's dual citizenship came to light when she and her husband used a birthright technicality in Swiss citizenship law to obtain dual citizenship for their children.

Hypocritically, Rep. Bachmann has criticized the citizenship granted to children of foreign-born parents in the U.S., derisively referring to those children as "anchor babies," and she has sponsored legislation to restrict birthright citizenship in this country.

However, having Swiss "anchor in-laws" seems to be another matter altogether.


Craftyboro said...

I don't understand why you don't get more comments.

Too rational perhaps?

Dave Ribar said...

Maybe the other three readers are just too shy :)

Craftyboro said...

Three, you are optimistic!

Joe said...

Switzerland has low standards. If Frau Bachmann tried to become French, they'd make her add the other "l" to her first name before they'd process her paperwork.

When I saw a flattering mention of her in the W&M Alumni Gazette, it was a nauseating experience.

(Why don't I comment more often? Probably because proving I'm not a robot gets harder every year!)