Duncan on Mexican Women Who Cross U.S. Border to Give Birth: ‘These Are Our Kids’

Penny Starr, CNS News, April 17, 2014

Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited an elementary school in Columbus, N.M. last year where 75 percent of the students live in Mexico but are being educated in the United States because their mothers crossed the border to seek medical help, and their birth here makes them U.S. citizens.

“These are our kids and they’re trying to get a great education,” Duncan said during a visit to the school, which was part of his 2013 school bus tour. “These are children and families who are trying to live the American dream of putting everything, everything on the line to get a great education.

“And it’s frankly inspiring,” Duncan said.

Duncan’s remarks are included in a 2013 Washington Post documentary about “blurred” immigration lines, which the school has posted on its website.

The documentary explains that women who live in Palomas, Mexico often cross the border to give birth Columbus, New Mexico because the U.S. hospital is closer than the nearest facility in Mexico and the local Palomas clinic doesn’t always have a doctor on staff.

“So for decades, women in labor have been allowed to cross the border and go to the nearest hospital, which happens to be just 30 miles north of the U.S. border,” the documentary says. “Once they give birth there, the children become citizens.”

The film includes an interview with Columbus Fire Chief Ken Riley, who over the years says he has “taken thousands of trips to the border to pick up women in labor.”

The hospital in Columbus, N.M. estimates it loses $1 million a year providing services to women who can’t pay for them, according to the Post.


The Department of Education recently posted a video of Duncan’s trip to Columbus Elementary School, where he was greeted by a mariachi band.


Duncan also hailed the children’s parents for having “the courage to drop their 6- and 7- and 8-year-olds off; to send them here to chase the American dream, to get a better education, to contribute to society,” Duncan said.


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  • MekongDelta69

    Arne Duncan would let in all 7 Billion people if he had the power.

    Idk if I can even put abbreviated links here anymore, but if you don’t think he would, Google this far left lunatic and see for yourself.

  • D.B. Cooper

    I do NOT blame Duncan, nor the rest of the Democratic Party. They are like 1st graders without adult supervision. The GOP has done nothing to reel them in, nor keep them in check. So who are you going to turn to for help, white boy? THEM?


      I don’t like those two clowns either but I’m sure not going to give the malevolent children, who call themselves the Democrat party, a free pass. People like Pelosi, Reid, Durbin etc. are some of the most foul, disgusting parasites to ever cast a shadow on this planet.

    • DonReynolds

      No…..D.B. Cooper. We cannot turn to anyone for help. We must help ourselves. It is not that hard, even illiterate peons from Mexico can do that, even in a foreign country, where they do not speak the language. This is our home and we need no help cleaning it.

      • clemensb

        Do not speak the language? In a third of this nation, Spanish is the language.

        • DonReynolds


        • DonReynolds

          Not all people in Mexico speak Spanish. There are quite a few Indian languages used locally there. Besides, many of those who come here are not literate in any language…..they neither read or write in their own tongue. Providing them forms or instructions printed in Spanish is completely worthless.

    • Erasmus

      “Leaders” like Boehner, McCain, Obama, Biden, Duncan, Ryan, Pelosi, Schumer, etc. are why I will never tire of insisting that the biggest threat to the survival of the US isn’t Putin or even the Islamo-fascists. It’s our clueless leadership, always happy to whore itself for personal and political gain.

      I come from a family with a tradition of military service going back for generations, but given what a sleazy place the US now is, I want no one I love to throw his/her life away fighting for a government now at war against its own people.

      • IstvanIN

        They are not clueless, simply evil.

      • Shawn_thefemale

        Your last paragraph describes me as well. Blacks join up because they essentially can’t get fired, and our ‘military’ is a very minority-friendly environment. Whites join primarily for the free ticket to college (which include a number of my own family and friends.}. Those are the only motivations to join nowadays – hardly reasons that foster confidence in our military’s ability, dedication or safety.

        • DonReynolds

          When it comes to rebellion, they will face an angry army that very much wants to be there……for free. I doubt the ones in there now are willing to do it.

  • Urbane Neanderthal

    If we don’t end birth right citizenship it will end us. If it is not already too late.

    • D.B. Cooper

      If I ran any country on Earth, even an ally of the United States, I would try to bring it down. Nobody likes having a country more powerful. We Americans have become complacent because no one is strong enough to really challenge us without suffering heavy losses. China is no threat. A couple of nukes on Beijing and Shanghai will shut them up.
      You see, we have become bullies to everyone. Everyone wants us to fall because they have delusions of taking the top spot for themselves. Massive third world immigration is the key to doing it. No country can beat us except ourselves. No country could beat the Roman Empire, but they beat themselves, didn’t they?

      • RisingReich

        We are not ‘beating our selves’. There’s a certain minority that’s orchestrating this. If I name them, poof, my post gets deleted.

    • DiversityIsDeath

      Sadly, I think we all know that “the end” is imminent. At this point it’s just a matter of how quickly “the end” will overtake White America. Birthright citizenship and amnesty will simply hasten “the end”.

      • Urbane Neanderthal

        It’s not impossible, but recovery is incredibly unlikely.

        • DonReynolds

          I do not think I want us to push the gravy train back on the tracks when it runs off…..it will just chug off down the line and derail somewhere else. We need a divorce before domestic violence breaks out.

  • The American Dream you dumb little bureaucrat? These leeches and parasites have destroyed the dream for millions of citizens of the USA. But your pandering little butt is only concerned with more voters for your party. In a just world, you would be tried for treason, Arne. With luck, maybe it will happen someday.

    • Greg Thomas

      Yes, these traitors have given away the “American dream” to every third world parasite that would punch their ticket. These traitors will never suffer as much as they deserve to.

  • RHG

    And just who exactly pays for all these hospital stays, funny how he doesn’t mention that. This country is absoluty run by insane people.

    • IstvanIN

      Medicaid and charity care, both state funded.

  • Pro_Whitey

    For the nteenth time, they are not citizens just by birth in the U.S. It is necessary to be born in the U.S. and subject to the jurisdiction thereof. What that latter phrase means can be subject to debate, but it cannot be ignored. Some say it is intended to apply only to children of foreign diplomats, but I understand that even children of foreign diplomats are being granted U.S. citizenship if born in the U.S. I prefer to read the history of the provision more broadly to state that one is subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. only if no other country makes a claim to the individual. I understand under Mexico’s ley del poblacion every child of a Mexican, no matter where born, is considered a citizen of Mexico by birth. By my standard, that means they are not U.S. citizens by birth here, because Mexico makes a claim to their loyalty. But do I expect Arne Duncan or his dungeon master BO to uphold the Constitution? Nope.

    • Bossman

      The Supreme Court is the body that interprets the Constitution and they say that anyone born in the USA is a U.S. citizen.

      • Pro_Whitey

        Yes, massa! And if the Soopreem Kort tell me to ignore a clause in the 14th amendment, I say, yes, massa!

  • Plyer vs Doe

    • Pro_Whitey

      Not to be pedantic, but I think it is Plyler v. Doe. Whatever it is called, it’s b.s. A William Brennan special, I believe.

  • DonReynolds

    Mr. Duncan would do well to read the Mexican Constitution. I believe he will find in article 30…..any child born with one or more Mexican parents is a Mexican citizen, no matter where they are born. That includes the anchor babies.

    • Bossman

      U.S citizenship is also defined the same way. If one of your parents is an American then you can claim U.S. citizenship no matter where you were born.

      • DonReynolds

        I honestly wish that were true, but it is not.
        In the USA, citizenship at birth is based on solis (soil), not blood. Every person born in the USA is a citizen of the state they were born in and a citizen of the United States. That is the dual citizenship test of every American.
        And that, boys and girls, is why we are up to our armpits in anchor babies. I wish it were different, but it isn’t.

        • David Ashton

          And white Americans are not settling in droves in foreign countries like Mexico.

          • Bossman

            They are not settling in droves in any foreign country.

          • David Ashton

            My point thus strengthened.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Making babies and ruining everything they touch are the only things Mexicans and other mestizos are good at.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The documentary explains that women who live in Palomas, Mexico often cross the border to give birth …

    They just come here out of love — just ask Jeb Bush!!

    Or…do they come here for benefits served up by the U.S. government with money wrested from productive American taxpayers?

    In Los Angeles County alone:

    According to county records, during a typical month, close to 15,000 offspring of illegal aliens received either welfare payments or food stamps. Over 11,000 of those children received both forms of assistance.

    A staggering 84 hospitals in California alone have been forced to close their doors.

    Or…maybe this is part of a planned Obama- Cloward-Piven strategy to overload and overwhelm the government bureaucracy and push American society into economic collapse, anarchy and chaos?

  • borogirl54

    We need to end birthright citizenship. This would stop Mexicans and Chinese from coming to this country to have their babies here so that they would obtain citizenship.

    • Furthermore, it needs to be retroactive.

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        I agree about being imposed retroactively is a must. Mass round ups and deportations, plus elimination of all social welfare benefits are just the beginning. Blocking their access to employment and housing is also required. and for those who respond with violence I would send armed soldiers to eliminate them as the insurgents and invaders they really are. Then they will be guarding the borders with drones, belts of “Bouncing Betty” anti-personnel mines and mini guns wire to destroy anything that moves, with at least 200,000 troops behind them.

    • DonReynolds

      I understand the motivation for South Koreans to give birth in Hawaii or on the West Coast is so their boy won’t be drafted into the military. Not sure if that is something we want to promote here.

    • IstvanIN

      Or do a Dominican Republic and do a retroactive revocation of citizenship.

  • jayvbellis

    I went to high school with Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan. He was 3 years behind me. His mom who was very old and very weird used to follow him everywhere with our basketball teams, practices.

    Weird &[email protected]& but pretty standard for my neighborhood.

    • Puggg

      Maybe the world’s first helicopter parents?

  • DudeWheresMyCountry?

    Pancho Villa invaded this town in 1916, now they send breeders that we pay for for life because they don’t have a doctor in staff. 100 years ago we had Pershing to show the Mexicans what reality is. Now we have stupid bleeding heart liberals and duplicitous anti-Whites showing Mexicans every possible way to destroy our once first-world country. The US government is a clear and present danger to the real and only Americans.

    • DonReynolds

      George Patton was with Pershing, chasing Pancho Villa around the desert. Patton killed some Mexican bandits with his pistol and tied their bodies on the hood of his car, then drove back to camp. That was when they nicknamed him Mexican George.

  • Ella

    No, it receives big handouts of Federal monies at the tax payer expense. Each child is considered “low socioeconomic status.”

    • DonReynolds

      The crazy part is……every “poverty organization” puts a focus on the local hispanics, but the truth is……they are not poor. Some of them work 2 or 3 different jobs and there may be 3 or 4 in the household working. The ones next door have seven cars and trucks…..with only two adults. Some of our community organizations have lost sight of what poverty looks like and have decided to focus on hispanic populations instead.

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        Then they should look at this photo to get a reminder of the poverty increasing numbers of whites are falling into because of our anti-white government, banking system and corporations.

    • Shawn_thefemale

      We do business with our local schools, both public and private. Every time I walk out of a public school I feel like I’ve had a lobotomy and need a shower.

  • Brian

    ‘Traitor’ is too mild a term for Arne Duncan. I’ve scraped nobler things off my shoe.

  • cecilhenry

    This guy is a parasite and a traitor. He needs to be hung high.

    A tax revolt is badly needed. YOu can;t steal my money to give to the third world to elect you in order to steal more money to give away to…… and on it goes.

    AFrica for Africans, Asia for Asians, White Countries for EVeryone??? NO way.

  • Erasmus

    They might be his kids, but they are certainly not mine.

  • IstvanIN

    He is married with two daughters and is willing to sacrifice their future in a futile attempt to give criminal Mexicans a better life. A traitor to his nation, race and family. Does it get much worse?

  • IstvanIN

    Correct, the Supreme Court is simply supposed to determine if laws are constitutional!