Anchor Babies Sue Floridians In Landmark Case – OpEd


An immigrant advocacy group has filed a lawsuit on behalf of anchor babies — children born to illegal aliens in the United States who are immediately granted citizenship. The lawsuit was filed against the Florida education commissioner and the state university chancellor regarding in-state and out-of-state college tuition.

In what may become a landmark civil court case that may set a judicial precedent, so-called anchor babies are suing Florida’s public education officials for making them pay the higher college tuition rate charged to out-of-state students because their parents are in the U.S. illegally.

In a Judicial Watch blog report, children born in the United States to illegal aliens are required to prove that their parents are in the country legally in order to pay the discounted tuition fee offered to Florida citizens at public colleges and universities. Most states offer the same perk, which saves residents a big chunk of change at taxpayer-funded schools.

That’s why controversy has erupted recently over states, many of them cash-strapped, that grant the public benefit to illegal immigrants, notes the blogger at Judicial Watch, a non-partisan public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption.

This Florida case is different than those in other states, however, because the plaintiffs were actually born in the U.S. Florida universities have long required students to provide evidence of their parents’ citizenship to get discounted college tuition, even when the kids graduated from a local high school.

The policy is discriminatory and a clear violation of the equal-protection clause of the U.S. Constitution, according to the complaint filed in federal court this week by five students who were charged higher out-of-state tuition.

“Many talented American students must either forgo higher education or incur extraordinary costs, in both money and time, in order to obtain the same education made available to other Florida residents at a small fraction of the cost,” according to their complaint.

A non-profit civil rights organization that claims it’s dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry in the United State filed the complaint in Miami on behalf of the students. It’s part of a broader effort to “reform school policies that unnecessarily push students out of school or otherwise limit their opportunities for a successful future” stated officials with the Southern Poverty Law Center, a well-know liberal-left legal group.

In this case the higher tuition puts a college education out of reach for these particular Hispanic students, the SPLC stated.

“In short, United States citizen students who reside in Florida but whose parents are undocumented immigrants are charged three to four times as much as other Florida residents for the same education at Florida’s public colleges and universities,” the complaint states. It further points out that the difference is staggering to the tune of thousands of dollars.

What the complaint fails to note is that children of U.S. citizens or legal “green card” immigrants who live in other states, including those that border Florida, must pay the “out-of-state” tuition rate. And so children of illegal aliens are given preferential treatment over the children of U.S. citizens, notes a political consultant and lawyer.

“What the SPLC is saying is that people — whose real homes are Mexico, El Salvador or Nigeria — would enjoy a benefit denied to the children of American citizens or immigrants legally living in the United States,” states political strategist and attorney Mike Baker.

The defendants named in the lawsuit are Florida’s Commissioner of Education, Gerard Robinson and the chancellor of the state’s university system, Frank Brogan.

Jim Kouri

Jim Kouri, CPP, formerly Fifth Vice-President, is currently a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for, and he's a columnist for In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB ( Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

2 thoughts on “Anchor Babies Sue Floridians In Landmark Case – OpEd

  • October 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    A decision has to be made if indeed these anchor babies are U.S. citizens or not has to be made by Congress or the Supreme Court. I say they are NOT U.S. citizens. It is just one thing after another with this illegal immigration. When is it going to end? It will end when every illegal alien is out of this country along with their anchor babies, (illegal alien children).

    I suggest these anchor babies read this.

  • October 25, 2011 at 1:36 am

    As illegal foreign workers leave, owing to the E-Verify system being used by hundreds of thousands of honest business owners, it’s not surprisingly those jobs are being rapidly refilled by low income, blue and white collar unemployed Americans. Read the internet news of reports of lightening raids by ICE, which explains the sudden emergence of for ‘hire’ signs, as factories, plants, stores and construction are looking for legal job seekers. This is being persistently illustrated all throughout America, from the school janitor, roofers, manufacturing and across the occupational workforce. President Obama started a sound policy of deportations, but with the advisement from his Department of Justice attachment, there anti-America worker Liberal doctrines are now being observed through their attacks on different states. Currently the Democratic left is using an iron gauntlet against states, which will not be trodden down by judges and the courts.

    Allowing foreign aliens to squat in this sovereign nation permanently without hindrance, is not what our law abiding country believes should happen. Obama’s administration has been corrupted by his Liberal czars such as Eric Holder, Nancy Pelosi, and Janet Napolitano and very strongly by Sen. Harry Reid, who nearly crippled E-Verify some years back. Since the stronger reappearance of E-Verify, Reid, and his cynic politicians has tried to weaken its influence, with the persistence of special interest lobbyists and radical open border organizations.

    We must consider the consequences of not implementing the injection of the Lama Smith E-Verify program, the Legal Workforce Act, today and in the future. If the American people don’t demand Mandatory E-Verify, millions more people from South of our border and by international flights, will take advantage of us. The E-Verify program is a simple, an easy operational program that anybody can operate from a computer. But there are many lies spewing from those who are gaining much profit by the dismantling of this application. Foreign nationals will arrive in droves eating away at our failing educational system, health care and every form of Medicaid and welfare assistance. Over 100 billion dollars annually are already spent on the 20 million and more already here, but this is not a static dollar figure; it is rising constantly? Ask the officials in Los Angeles County, California and Clarke County, Nevada of how much is bled from their diluted welfare systems. Most states are in an unparalleled financial mess, from these entitlement programs. If President Obama and his current Imperial Court enter a second term in the White House, does that signify a new mass Amnesty is looming? Does that mean this country that is already suffering from the unfettered invasion, going to cough-up over $2.6 trillion dollars to make those already here comfortable? This is the heart palpitating analysis the Heritage Foundation has concluded on?

    Call the Washington switchboard today and request the phone numbers of the House Ways and Means Committee on E-Verify Immigration program at 202-224-3121 insisting they vote for E-Verify the ‘Legal Workforce Act’ (H.R. 2885 bill.) You can also go to NumbersUSA website and be apprised of the current immigration situation, costs and rhetoric from the Liberal politicians and the unceasing pressure of the progressives and extremists. At the NumbersUSA site they have access to a free faxing system, so you can exclusively contact the reluctant lawmakers against E-Verify. In addition join your local TEA PARTY as millions have already, as this is the only route on commonsense to stop illegal immigration. A TEA PARTY majority in Washington means the dismantling of Sanctuary Cities, the Dream Act and no more Obama amnesties or Immigration reforms. In most cases it’s about money, greed and power. Mandatory E-Verify is a federal program, which nobody can get a waiver from once voted on. As Americans we can make a massive difference, on who comes to this country? People with high level degrees in technology, science and math, we should be given priority. Others with financial capital to invest should also receive priority visas.

    Those who are looking for a handout, arriving from any country in the world should not be admitted. Since the 1986 Immigration mass amnesty, we have been importing poverty that is a fiscal nightmare for all of us. We also need field and agricultural worker, but not until the real double layer fence covers every inch of our border with Mexico and come here with legal authority, so they can be tracked. We need more ‘boots on the ground’ whether border agents of a permanent military presence, to interdict criminal from across our poorly constructed border barrier.

    It’s evident to millions of Americans that the left side will be blinded, intentionally or not in the next election for President. Therefore, we need to scrutinize the integrity of our federal voting system, which must be overseen in every constituency. Absentee ballots are especially open to abuse and every effort must be accomplished to stop voter fraud and illegal aliens registering to vote. Violating our most sacred voting rights shows that the Democratic Party will stoop to any level, to gain the power by ignoring groups as ACORN and other innocuous new voter canvassing groups hunting for registration signatures; whether a new citizen or not?



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