March 26, 2011
"Anchor babies" is hate speech
Although published in August 2007, this column by Raoul Lowery Contreras deserves a read today as the debate over birthright citizenship and the 14th Amenndment rages. It starts:
"Today's North County Times readers can't find an article that uses the infamous N-word, the Q-word (queer) or words like "homo" for homosexual. What they find is the use of the words "anchor babies" in letters or Opinion pieces. "Anchor babies" are words used by extremists to define babies born of illegal alien parents in the United States. Most of these children are born to Mexican parents illegally in the United States. Shamefully, the anti-illegal alien cohort also applies the term to any Mexican-American regardless of the legality of one or both parents, grandparents or great-grandparents."
For more on the history of the term "anchor baby," click here. In the comments to a recent L.A. Times story on a maternity facility allegedly catering to "birthing tourism" from China, one comment was
"The government insists that Mexican women never do this. But these women came all the way from China. Why wouldn't a woman jump in over the Arizona border from Mexico and have an anchor baby? We need to change this stupid, stupid law. No other country does this. It's national suicide."
Other comments are just as caustic.
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