Thanks to the folks at Twitchy who researched the World Cup players that Pallone dubbed as immigrants:
We’re curious to know why Rep. Pallone thinks Alejandro Bedoya and Omar Gonzalez are “immigrants.” Both have Hispanic-sounding names, but they were born on U.S. soil. We certainly hope Rep. Pallone isn’t engaging in racial/ethnic profiling.
Just out of curiosity we decided to take a looksy at the birth places and biographical backgrounds of all 11 of Pallone’s “immigrants”:
- Bedoya, Tim Howard and Jozy Altidore were born in New Jersey.
- Julian Green was born in Florida.
- Gonzalez was born in Dallas.
- Aron Jóhannsson was born in Alabama.
- Fabian Johnson, Jermaine Jones, Timothy Chandler, Mix Diskerud and John Brooks were born in Europe. All had at least one American parent (see here, here, here, here, andhere).
Some of these “immigrants” hold (or held) dual citizenship. Nonetheless, all of them appear to have been U.S. citizens at the time of their births, and there’s a good chance that they retained U.S. citizenship to the present.
There is not much chance of Pallone’s bill becoming law. In his 26 years in Congress, Pallone has had only 6 bills become law. Two of those bills were to name post offices.
Pallone is using the hastag #TimeIsNow to promote his agenda. Hopefully New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District voters will finally tell Pallone that #TimeIsUP this November.