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Sunday, December 10, 2006

This Way Madness Lay...

Source: suntimes
Baby born on jet just before O'Hare landing
Little girl may or may not receive U.S. citizenship

Despite being trapped in a cramped airplane thousands of feet in the air, a pregnant Mexican woman en route to Chicago found herself in the right place at the right time -- giving birth to a healthy baby girl with the help of a fellow passenger. *snip*

The woman, a Mexican citizen, was on a Mexicana Airlines flight from Guadalajara when she went into labor. *snip*

Whether the baby girl is the United States' newest citizen remains to be seen, according to Maria Elena Garcia-Upson, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services spokeswoman.

An immigration law provision makes a child born in airspace over U.S. territory eligible for citizenship.

But if the parents decide to file an application, officials will investigate whether the child was born in Mexican air-space or over international waters.

"The parents can go ahead and pursue citizenship for the child if they so wish," said Garcia-Upson.

"But we don't decide on cases like this in a public forum. Facts need to be determined first."
So, should we scrap the "Anchor baby" nomenclature and go with "Parachute baby" on this one?

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