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Olympic Gold Medalist … And The Son Of Undocumented Workers

Henry Cejudo (right) vs.
Azerbaijan’s Namig Sevdimov
[Courtesy L.A. Times]

Whatever you do, don’t let Michelle Malkin and her horde of flying wingnut monkeys hear about Henry Cejudo:

Henry Cejudo, the 21-year-old wrestling prodigy who had wrestled in only one world-level senior tournament before Beijing, has won the Olympic gold medal in men’s freestyle 55-kilogram wrestling.

Cejudo, the son of undocumented Mexican aliens who bypassed a college career to try to become an Olympian, assures the United States of winning a freestyle wrestling gold for the ninth consecutive Olympics at which it has competed.

If the nativist wingnuts — the ones demanding the deportation of all 12 million "illegal aliens" (as they like to call them) — get ahold of his parents, they could wind up back in Mexico. Heaven help any children who might be involved.

And Henry himself would not be considered a U.S. citizen under the standard nativist proposal to strip citizenship rights from the American-born children of illegal immigrants. He is, after all, a classic "anchor baby. (Sorta like Malkin herself.)

Instead, they’re all rooting for him and celebrating with him today — as are all the rest of us. Funny how that works.

UPDATE: Henry Fernandez has more at Think Progress. 

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David Neiwert

David Neiwert

David Neiwert is the managing editor of Firedoglake. He's a freelance journalist based in Seattle and the author/editor of the blog Orcinus. He also is the author of Strawberry Days: How Internment Destroyed a Japanese American Community (Palgrave/St. Martin's Press, June 2005), as well as Death on the Fourth of July: The Story of a Killing, a Trial, and Hate Crime in America (Palgrave/St. Martin's, 2004), and In God's Country: The Patriot Movement and the Pacific Northwest (1999, WSU Press). His reportage for on domestic terrorism won the National Press Club Award for Distinguished Online Journalism in 2000.