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The American company “Toys R Us” announced a national sweepstake of US$25,000 in bonds for the first American baby born in 2007.

Baby Lin Yuki was bornt the moment the ball dropped in Times Square in New York City. She was bornt all American in New York! Baby Yuki is an American citizen by birth because her father is an American citizen, although her mother is not a legal resident.

Picture this: an illegal, blond-haired resident from Scandinavia gave birth to a blue-eyed blond girl of an American father. Congratulations all around, born in USA. Nobody is going to argue the bubbly girl is an American.

Meanwhile, Chinese American corporate lawyer, Mr Albert H. Wang, has started a campaign on the “The World Journal” to convince “Toys R Us” that despite the skin colour and the almond-shaped eyes, baby Lukin is American. She will do America proud one day.

CD, please support Mr Wang’s campaign to convince whites that we Chinese are human beings who bleed red blood when cut and cry inside when hurt. Don’t do this to a baby girl just because she is Chinese.

“Toys R Us” has a store in Shanghai.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/0 ... FEHbfY2d9M0ohkJhGKw

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The Lin Yukin Story

I am posting the NYTimes.com story here in whole.

First-Baby Sweepstakes Fuels Immigration Debate
By NINA BERNSTEIN
Published: January 6, 2007

It seemed like a perfect formula for good publicity: A national sweepstakes would award a $25,000 United States savings bond to the first American baby born in 2007, courtesy of the toy chain Toys “R” Us and its Babies “R” Us division.

Instead, after disqualifying a Chinese-American baby girl born in New York Downtown Hospital at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s, the toy company finds itself caught in the glare of the immigration debate, stumbling over the nation’s new demographic realities.

The baby girl, Yuki Lin, was an American citizen from the second the ball dropped in Times Square, where the Toys “R” Us flagship store draws thousands of shoppers from around the world. But like 6 out of 10 babies born in the city — including at least two others born in Brooklyn about the same moment — she has immigrant parents. And according to the contest’s fine print, the chain decided, she was ruled out because her mother was not a legal resident.

The first baby of the year is usually a one-day story. But Albert H. Wang, a corporate lawyer who read about Yuki Lin’s lost chance on the Web site of the Chinese-language newspaper The World Journal, was outraged enough to start an e-mail campaign that is enlisting the ire of prominent Chinese-Americans like the president of the Asian American Business Development Center and officers of the Organization of Chinese Americans.

Their criticism, and threats of a media campaign against the company, come just a month after the chain opened its first store in China, in Shanghai.  “They want business from China,” said Mr. Wang, 39, adding that most of the chain’s toys are made by Chinese workers in China. “But when it comes to this Chinese-American U.S. citizen, she was deprived of $25,000 intended to be used for her college education, because of who her parents are.”

Kathleen Waugh, a spokeswoman for the company, confirmed yesterday that Yuki Lin, born at 6.5 pounds and 19 inches long, had been close to winning the prize. The baby won a random drawing to break a three-way tie with hospitals in Gainesville, Ga., and Bay Shore, N.Y., which also claimed a baby born at midnight.

But, Ms. Waugh added, “in working with New York Downtown Hospital to verify the potential winner’s information and obtain a signed affidavit of eligibility — which is required under the official rules of the sweepstakes — the sweepstakes administrator was informed that the mother of the baby born at New York Downtown Hospital was not a legal resident of the United States.” Contest rules say that only mothers who are legal residents are eligible, Ms. Waugh said, adding that such requirements are common in sweepstakes.

The award went instead to the runner-up in the drawing, Jayden Swain, born 19 seconds after midnight at Northeast Georgia Medical Center to Renee Swain, 20, described by her mother as “a black American.” “She’s an American all the way,” Ms. Swain’s mother, Janet K. Keller, said in a telephone interview.
The baby at Bay Shore was born to a couple from El Salvador.

Mr. Wang and other Chinese-Americans say the winner was to be the baby, not the mother, and they see implications of second-class citizenship that strike an ugly chord. It only seemed to add insult to injury, they said, that the baby was instead given a $100 gift basket, just like all the others the chain gives to the first New Year’s babies born in any hospital that signs up for it.

“People are just pretty much outraged,” said John Wang, president of the 13-year-old Asian American Business Development Center, on Wall Street, adding that he was perplexed by the company’s actions.
“The schools accept children whose parents are illegal aliens in this country, so why is Toys ‘R’ Us taking this kind of position?” he asked. “They’re supported by many people, whether they’re legal or illegal, shopping in their stores, and they’re injecting themselves into this debate.”

The parents could not be reached for comment, and their exact immigration status was unclear. Vanessa Warner, a spokeswoman for New York Downtown Hospital, would not answer questions about the event, though an upbeat account of the birth and photos of the parents and medical team were on the hospital Web site yesterday. The mother is Han Lin and the father is Yan Zhu Liu, both 22-year-old restaurant workers

Leo Y. Lee, 49, an engineer who is past national vice president of the Organization of Chinese Americans, an advocacy organization, pointed out that the savings bond was awarded in the name of the baby, not the mother, and that there was no legal requirement for a rule barring the American-born child of an illegal immigrant.

“I am strongly opposed to the Toys ‘R’ Us decision to give the award to another baby just based solely on the mother’s status,” he said. His group, he said, does not “condone or approve illegal immigration, but anyone who is here should be protected by law — especially a baby with the same rights as any other citizen.”

But comments by Ms. Keller, the grandmother of the winning baby, hinted at the wrath that the company risked from the other side at a time when the most stringent critics of illegal immigration have called for an end to birthright citizenship, saying the children born to illegal immigrants are “anchor babies” who encourage illegal entry.

“If she’s an illegal alien, that makes the baby illegal,” said Ms. Keller, 50. Told otherwise, she remarked, “Sounds like a double standard to me,” adding, “She was disqualified — that should be it. Don’t go changing your mind now.”

Adding to the confusion were promotional materials that called for “all expectant New Year’s mothers” to apply to the contest, and allowed hospitals and Ob/Gyn offices to apply on behalf of their patients. The hospitals were offered a chance to win a $10,000 prenatal education grant. About 8,000 mothers and more than 800 hospitals participated in the contest, Ms. Waugh said.

Ole Pedersen, a spokesman for Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, said the hospital initially believed it had won the sweepstakes with the midnight birth of Odunayo Muhammed to a Nigerian immigrant couple, Christiana and Abdul Muhammed. Later he learned that the doctor who reported the birth online had missed the contest’s 6 a.m. deadline on Jan. 1 by an hour and a half.

As for a mother’s legal status, Mr. Pedersen added, “We wouldn’t have even thought of that.”

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When is an legal migrant an illegal migrant?

“If she’s an illegal alien, that makes the baby illegal,” said Ms. Keller, 50. Told otherwise, she remarked, “Sounds like a double standard to me,” adding, “She was disqualified — that should be it. Don’t go changing your mind now.”


By that line of reasoning, and ...

Excepting native Americans, that would make all Americans illegal immigrants. All Americans.

Excepting native Canadians, that would make all Canadians illegal immigrants. All Canadians.

Excepting Aborigines, that would make all Australians illegal immigrants. All Ausrtalians.

Excepting for native New Zealanders, that would make all New Zealanders iellegal immigrants. All New Zealanders.

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A little bit of propaganda by the NY Times

Originally posted by cestmoi at 1-6-2007 14:53
The American company “Toys R Us” announced a national sweepstake of US$25,000 in bonds for the first American baby born in 2007.

Baby Lin Yuki was bornt the moment the ball dropped in Times Sq ...



Is this in the opinion section??

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Children born in the United States (including not only the 50 states and the District of Columbia, but also, in most cases, US Territories, such as Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Panama Canal Zone before it was returned to Panama, in addition to many current states which were territories at the time of the birth of some individuals now living, e.g. Arizona), are U.S. citizens at birth (unless born to foreign diplomatic staff), regardless of the citizenship or nationality of the parents (see Jus soli). This has become controversial, as some non-resident parents, especially illegal aliens, enter the United States to give birth, so that their children, often called anchor babies, will be U.S. citizens. A birth certificate is considered evidence of citizenship.

The U.S. citizenship status of children born in the United States to non-citizen parents has been generally accepted as settled law since 1898, when the Supreme Court held in U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark that almost all such children were entitled to citizenship by the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Although efforts have been made in Congress, from time to time, to overturn the Wong Kim Ark ruling or limit its effect, via either a new amendment to the Constitution or ordinary legislation, no such attempt has ever succeeded.

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Ok, so the kid is a legal citizen, but the mother is still not a legal resident.






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"""But comments by Ms. Keller, the grandmother of the winning baby, hinted at the wrath that the company risked from the other side at a time when the most stringent critics of illegal immigration have called for an end to birthright citizenship, saying the children born to illegal immigrants are “anchor babies” who encourage illegal entry.

“If she’s an illegal alien, that makes the baby illegal,” said Ms. Keller, 50. Told otherwise, she remarked, “Sounds like a double standard to me,” adding, “She was disqualified — that should be it. Don’t go changing your mind now.”"""  from the article NY tims article

Obviously this woman doesn't know the immigration laws, but that's irrelevant.  Interestingly, though,  the article seems to paint a picture that the baby did not win the prize because the baby was born to a Chinese.





Which brings us back to the beginning of the article (minus all the irrelevant comments made throughout the article)






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""Kathleen Waugh, a spokeswoman for the company, confirmed yesterday that Yuki Lin, born at 6.5 pounds and 19 inches long, had been close to winning the prize. The baby won a random drawing to break a three-way tie with hospitals in Gainesville, Ga., and Bay Shore, N.Y., which also claimed a baby born at midnight.

But, Ms. Waugh added, “in working with New York Downtown Hospital to verify the potential winner’s information and obtain a signed affidavit of eligibility — which is required under the official rules of the sweepstakes — the sweepstakes administrator was informed that the mother of the baby born at New York Downtown Hospital was not a legal resident of the United States.” Contest rules say that only mothers who are legal residents are eligible, Ms. Waugh said, adding that such requirements are common in sweepstakes.""" beginning of article from NY times


It says here the rules are that the mother must not be an illegal alien.  it doesn't say the baby must be legal. You can speculate that if the baby were born to an illegal white mother he/she would've received the prize, but speculation is all it is.  The NY times, like usual, doesn't reference a source on the actual contest rules, so who knows.  If they can be found I'm sure a lawyer will happily take up a lawsuit if there are no mentionings of this stipulation, but it's not a contractual contest and I doubt Toys R Us is bound by race laws when it comes to giving away their own private money.

Would this be any different had this been a  white baby in China?  I doubt   it.  At least this hospital in NY accepted her and provided a service to an illegal alien.   What else can she ask for, the mother's not American or even a legal resident. I've been turned down at hotels in China and I have a visa.  I think the couple should feel lucky if the INS doesn't deport the wife anytime soon, not worry about the free money that apparently weren't qualified to win, and enjoy their newborn.  


On you mark, get set, goo!!!!  Someone find the contest rules.  If the Rules say the baby has to be born to a legally residing mother, which isn't uncommon with these kind of contests and really makes sense, should the Lin family still be eligible, or not?  

It's sad the this is being made into a race issue, but not surprising, at least not to an American.


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I whole heartedly support your efforts if it is found that the contest rules make no mentioning of the mother needing to not be an illegal immigrant.  ;-]  

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Post time 2007-1-6 17:14:26 |Display all floors
Another quick point is that the NY times articles say AFTER the baby was declared the winner of the three-way tie, only then did TrUS find out the mother was illegal.  I'm sure this Kathleen Waugh woman new the baby wasn't white prior to finding out the child was ineligible due to her mother's illegal status in the country.

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Post time 2007-1-6 17:40:33 |Display all floors

It stops here and now.

I am not taking this any further here, I believe NYTimes.com has done the right thing. Most likely someone made a capricious and an uninformed decision.

The damages done is over USD25,000, its ridiculous.

Let's make sure the baby girl will not be stigmatised socially.

She is born-in-USA and she is American. Period!

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