A few weeks ago, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) told Fox Business News anchor Eric Bolling that about a “lady on the plane” who told him that her son-in-law was with Hamas and was planning on having a child in the U.S. that Gohmert thinks will likely come back to “blow us up.” Based on this conversation, Gohmert concluded that the U.S. should “clarify” the 14th amendment to prevent the children of immigrants from automatically becoming citizens upon birth in the U.S. Yesterday, Texas state Rep. Debbie Riddle (R) echoed Gohmert’s argument on CNN with Anderson Cooper. Apparently, Riddle told Cooper’s producer that some of the U.S. citizen children of undocumented immigrants are “little terrorists, who will then come back to the U.S. and do us harm.” However, she couldn’t produce a shed of evidence:
COOPER: Representative Riddle, you told my producer that pregnant women are coming here as tourists, having babies, and then going back home — quote — “with the nefarious purpose of turning them into little terrorists, who will then come back to the U.S. and do us harm.” You said it’s part of an organized terrorist element and could cost us lives. Where did you hear that?
RIDDLE: That is information that is coming to my office from former FBI officials.
COOPER: What former FBI officials — I mean, what evidence is there of some sort of long-term plot to have American babies born here and then become terrorists — raised as terrorists overseas and then come back here? [...]
RIDDLE: Well, actually, I — when your folks called me in the preliminary, that was part of the conversation. They did not tell me that you were going to grill me for this specific information that I was not ready to give to you tonight. They did not tell me that, sir.
Riddle’s colleague, Texas state Rep. Rafael Anchia (D) pointed out to Riddle that all the 9/11 bombers were all here legally and that the Times Square bomber was a naturalized citizen. Riddle also erroneously claimed that “There is not another country in the world where you or Representative Anchia or anyone else can go and be there illegally” — a statement which Anchia and Cooper both immediately dismissed.
Riddle also plans on introducing an Arizona copycat law in the Texas legislature, stating, “I am not put off by the threat of legal action against a bill here in Texas. If all attempts at the state level to protect our nation’s sovereignty are struck down by the courts, it will only serve to stoke the raging signal fire alerting Washington, D.C., to the fact that there is finally no one left to blame but themselves for the lack of law and order along our country’s borders.”