Tonight on 360°, we dig deeper into one of the most explosive claims being made in the battle over immigration. It's what we reported last night about how some Texas Republican lawmakers are claiming that illegal immigrants are having 'terror babies.'
Here's the accusation: Children born on U.S. soil to illegal immigrants, who are granted U.S. citizenship under the 14th amendment, are taken back to their home countries to be raised as terrorists. Then decades later the children, now adults, could be sent back to attack the U.S.
This controversial claim is linked to Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert.
"I was talking to a retired FBI agent, who said that one of the things they were looking at were terrorist cells overseas who had figured out how to game our system, and it appeared they would have young women, who became pregnant, who would get them into the United States to have a baby," Gohmert said on the House floor on June 24. "Then they could return, where they could be raised and coddled as future terrorists. And then, they could return, 20 or 30 years in the future because they realize how stupid we are being in this country," he added.
Gohmert mentioned a retired FBI agent as his source. Then later he changed his story to say his source was actually a terrorist grandmother.
Then last night on 360°, another Texas lawmaker, Debbie Riddle, came on the program. The Republican member of the Texas State Legislature said her office is getting information on the so-called terror babies from former FBI officials. We called the FBI today to see what they thought of these claims. We'll have that for you tonight.
We also have a remarkable report from 360's Gary Tuchman. He has an up close look at the birth tourism movement. He'll introduce us to a Mexican woman who came to Texas on a tourist visa while pregnant, specifically to give birth to a U.S. citizen.
"I wanted him to have duel citizenship, so one day, if he moves to the United States he will not have any problems," she told Gary about her now 3-year-old son.
We'll also take you inside the hunt for a serial killer who's accused of stabbing to death five people and wounding 15 others. He may be linked to attacks in three states and authorities say he appears to be choosing his victims by the color of their skin. Investigators say the man often pretends to need help before stabbing his victims.
Join us for these stories and much more starting at 10 p.m. ET. See you then.
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