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Famous Children of Immigrants: Nikki Haley, Walt Disney & More (Photos)


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Michele Bachmann railed against birthright citizenship at the GOP debate last night, the portion of the 14th Amendment that guarantees American citizenship to immigrants' children born in the United States. The debate has revived the term "anchor baby" a phrase with a history of controversy that often refers to children born of illegal immigrants who are nonetheless granted citizenship. See photos of stars who--while not proper "anchor babies"--who were born to immigrants, illustrating the complexity of the debate.

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Joan Rivers (Russian parents)

 

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Michelle Kwan (Chinese parents)

 

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Nikki Haley (Indian parents)

  

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Renée Zellweger (Swiss father, Norwegian mother)

 

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Larry King (Russian mother, Austro-Hungarian father)

 

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Olympia Snowe (Greek father)

 

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Colin Powell (Jamaican parents)

 

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Walt Disney (Irish-Canadian father)

 

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Norah Jones (Indian father)

  

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Alex Rodriguez (Dominican parents)