The curiosity of our good friend Alan Caruba, founder of the National Anxiety Center, is aroused by discussion surrounding the birth of a Mexican child, born to Mexican parents, on a Mexican airliner, above American soil.
“Lawyers assert that the child is technically American, having been born over the territorial area of the United States of America,” Mr. Caruba observes. “I live in New Jersey where, for decades now, we have been home to large flocks of ‘Canada geese.’
“However, many of these flocks have taken up permanent residence in New Jersey and have given birth to many ‘Canada geese’ who in turn poop all over New Jersey without regard to either sanitary or environmental regulations. Frequently aggressive, they have been known to chase small children and dogs from ‘their’ favorite parks and other areas.”
Not that Mr. Caruba wants to claim these pesky birds, but he argues: “If a Mexican newborn child can be accorded all the rights and privileges of being an American citizen merely for flying over our great nation, surely these ‘Canada’ geese should be accorded a more proper identification as ‘American’ geese.”