Love, the anchor baby

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Re "Mia Love's immigrant story may be true, but some questions still linger" (Tribune, Sept. 29):

Mia Love has been telling GOP audiences that her family came here legally from Haiti. She says that since she was born in the United States and her parents filed the proper paperwork before a deadline, the family was given a green card and eventually citizenship. By today's definition, she was an "anchor baby."

Her parents came to the United States in 1974 on a six-month tourist visa. They overstayed their visa, which made them illegal. How did they afford their long overstay in the United States? Were they working illegally? Where did they live?

Then came the birth of Mia, which gave them their gateway to citizenship, although they had to go back to Haiti and apply for immigration status for themselves and their children.

Love says her parents came to the United States with only $10 in their pockets. How did they afford the flights to and from Haiti, with children? How did they support themselves? The story of them arriving with $10 and not accepting assistance doesn't add up.

Mia Love's credibility has a smell stronger than low tide.

Bill Revene

West Valley City