Friday, December 2, 2011

"Anchor Baby" Added to New American Heritage Dictionary

The degree to which the immigration debate has coarsened over the last few years is no more evident than in the pages of the recently released fifth edition of the New American Heritage Dictionary. Among the new entries is the term “anchor baby.” You might think that the definition would read something like: slang, a pejorative description of a child born in the United States to parents without legal status, implying that the parents intend to leverage the child’s citizenship to “anchor” their own presence in the U.S.” You would be wrong.  Click here for Immigration Impact's analysis.

ImmigrationProf has previously blogged about the term "anchor babies" as hate speech.

UPDATE (12/4):  American Heritage Dictionary responds.

KJ

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