Kellyanne Conway Accidentally Reminds Americans That Many Of Our Biggest Heroes Weren't Born Stateside

One Twitter user seized on a chance to make a case.

It was an innocuous tweet. Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump's campaign manager, just wanted to show some love for her favorite superhero and her boss. So she uploaded a picture of her in an easily recognizable Supergirl costume, complete with a line about "honoring the ultimate hero."


But Twitter user Noah J. Nelson noticed something ironic about Conway's tweet: it accidentally honored a comic book character that arrived in the United States after escaping Krypton, a world scarred by war — without going through an interplanetary immigration process.

Thanks to Conway, immigration reform activists may have found a new champion for their cause. Luckily, Kara Zor-El, or Supergirl, as she's known when saving innocents alongside cousin Clark Kent, is already super comfortable in red, white, and blue.

Here on Earth, Conway and the Trump administration have repeatedly taken hardline stances on immigration policy. They've vowed to tighten our borders and even discussed refusing admission based on religious affiliation or whether the aspiring American is immigrating from a country "where there is a proven history of terrorism."

These comments have come under intense scrutiny, not only because an immigration ban based on arrivals' religions is believed by many to be unconstitutional, but because turning away people from countries where there is a lot of terrorism is counter-intuitive. The practice traps many times more civilians in need of aid than it does potential terrorists.

In the end, Conway's tweet served to draw attention to something immigration reform advocates have echoed time and time again: many American heroes are, in fact, not originally from America, despite their considerable contributions to this country.

Famed scientist Albert Einstein was born Germany. Madeline Albright, the first female secretary of state, was born in Czechoslovakia. Joseph Pulitzer, Joni Mitchell, Andrew Carnegie, and Wolfgang Puck all came to the United States with big dreams, only later becoming household names. The founders of Google, AT&T, eBay and Goldman Sachs are also originally from overseas. Even in our armed forces, there are approximately 65,000 immigrants who currently serve.

So whether she meant to or not, Conway helped remind America of an important fact we sometimes lose sight of: by restricting immigration, we risk rejecting the next Einstein or Albright. Or the next (fictional) Kryptonian cousin bent on doing good.

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