She even did so during her rousing speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, “My parent's came to this country with ten dollars in their pocket and a hope that the America they dreamed about really did exist.”
But now, a liberal leaning media outlet is raising questions about Love’s story, Mother Jones magazine, asks in a headline, is Mia Love an anchor baby?
The Mother Jones article says, "...by Love's own account, she is what Republicans derisively call an anchor baby."
But in a one-on-one interview with ABC 4 Love said, "I think it's sad. I think it's sad there are outside groups that would come in and start attacking my parents."
“Anchor baby” is a negative term used to describe a child born (in the United States) to immigrant parents, one that, perhaps, can make it easier for other family members to stay in the country.
So, we asked Love how she feels about being called an anchor baby?
She chuckled and said, “Well, my parents certainly didn't put it that way."
The Mother Jones piece also raises questions about her family's immigration to America.
The article includes a Love quote which ran last year in the Deseret News, "My parents have always told me I was a miracle and our family's ticket to America."
We asked Love specifically what she meant when she said she was her family’s ticket to America?
She responded, “I don't even remember, actually, saying those exact words."
The Mother Jones story seemed to be suggesting two things:
1) That the immigration story of Mia Love's family may not be accurate.
2) That Love's tough stance on immigration is not necessarily consistent with her own history.
ABC 4: “Just one last time, for the record…your parents didn't get to stay in this country because you were born here?”
Mia Love: “Chris, what if they did? So what? What if they did? I mean they are legal. They are legal U.S. citizens. I was born in this country."
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