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Dictionary now calls 'anchor baby' an offensive term
The term "anchor baby" is sometimes used by those against automatic citizenship for all children born in the United States.
December 8th, 2011
12:22 PM ET

Dictionary now calls 'anchor baby' an offensive term

Editor's note: This story contains language that some readers may consider offensive.

The first new edition of the American Heritage Dictionary in 10 years contained 10,000 new entries – and one of them in particular caused a flurry of protest among immigrant and Latino advocates.

The fifth edition of the dictionary defined the term “anchor baby" as  “A child born to a noncitizen mother in a country that grants automatic citizenship to children born on its soil, especially such a child born to parents seeking to secure eventual citizenship for themselves and often other members of their family.”

The original definition did not include any indication that many people the term is offensive, as it does for words such as “nigger” and “spic.”

Immigration Impact, a group that that advocates for the rights of immigrants, first covered the word’s inclusion on its blog on December 2 and pressed for a change that would reflect the “poisonous and derogatory nature of the term.”

After reading the post, the executive editor of the dictionary, Steve Kleinedler, agreed that the definition needed to change.

The current wording was added to the online dictionary on Monday. It flags the word as “offensive” and defines “anchor baby” as being “used as a disparaging term for a child born to a noncitizen mother in a country that grants automatic citizenship to children born on its soil, especially when the child’s birthplace is thought to have been chosen in order to improve the mother’s or other relatives’ chances of securing eventual citizenship.”

Kleinedler told Colorlines, a blog that reports on issues of race, ethnicity and social justice, that changing the word was more about accuracy than outrage.

“Personally, this was not a reaction that we have to fix it because people are angry,” Kleinedler told Colorlines. “We fixed it because we were wrong. And I, as the executive editor, acknowledge the fact that this was an error and I take responsibility for that.”

This isn’t the first time that a dictionary definition has caused controversy. In 2003, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary added a second meaning for the word “marriage” that included same-sex couples “in a relationship like that of traditional marriage,” which offended those who believed the word should only be defined as describing a relationship between a man and a woman. The dictionary did not change the definition.

But in 1998, Merriam-Webster altered its definition of the word “nigger” after it was the focus of a letter writing campaign. The definition shifted from “a black person … usually taken to be offensive” to one that emphasized the offensive nature of the term.

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  1. AngelicaS

    Anchor Baby is an ACCURATE description of the motification and/or use of the American citizen children of ILLEGAL FOREIGN NATIONALS to not be subject to the rule of law in the U.S. W

    What is truly offensive is the ILLEGAL FOREIGN NATIONALS and their advocates for lawbreaking. These people are truly morally corrupt!

    December 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger in Florida

      *sigh* There is no such thing as an "Anchor baby"

      1st The child cannot sposor the parents for adjustment of status until they are 21 years of age.

      2nd The first step in an application for adjustment of status is to provide proof that the sponored person entered the country in a legal manner.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • citizen

        You left off the truth in the 3rd.
        An anchor baby carries a boatload of political clout as out of sympathy for the assumed separation of family the parents are not deported. Mind you that the separation need not take place if the parents take the children with them.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Amsmith8

        While you are correct that there is no such thing as an anchor baby the REALITY is that illegals use the whole angle of 'who will care for my US born child/children' regularly as a defense mechanism and the likes of CNN and MSN allow it. They ROUTINELY post articles of illegal immigrant families with the parents faces blocked and the poor kids just sit there in the photo. Along comes an article underneath about how sorry we should feel for these kids who deserve a free education etc etc. I see it ROUTINELY in news outlets so YES- in a way- there IS such a thing as anchor baby because people- including the media- allow for such blatant manipulation.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • AngelicaS

        So, Roger in Florida- You're telling me that you've never heard illegal foreign nationals and their advocates assert that they should not be deported because they have American citizen children??? This is one of their main arguments, and, in fact, in ICE Chief John Morton's recent memorandum, he states that illegals who have American citizen children are not included within his deportation priorities. So, not only is this term accurate- the anchoring process is actually occurring. While having children to anchor themselves to the U.S. is offensive, the term "achor baby" is not because it is positively accurate.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. N.

      Morally corrupt? Project much?

      December 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • AngelicaS

        Zero.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Eli

    The irony is that someone probably had to translate the word for them to become offended.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      Does the Spanish word for "anchor" have a negative connotation? In English it certainly doesn't ...

      December 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
      • Juan Valdez

        The Mexican term for 'Anchor baby" is: JACKPOT

        December 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Duane - St. Pete FLA

    your a liberal trying to stir trouble.....nice try dummy

    December 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tea Party Express

      LIberal, now there is an offensive term.

      Somebody from FLORIDA calling somebody a dummy? HA!! Mississippi even makes fun of Florida.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Logic

    If the diaper fits...

    December 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • citizen

      Post of the day!!!

      December 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Art

    Jen.. Why are you so stupid? We say that illegal immigrants should be kicked out and you say that we are all immigrants. Yes but we are LEGAL immigrants. If you can't tell the difference then are a dolt. Stop comparing the two. Two people take money out of a bank. One has an account there and one doesn't. Are they both equal even though one took her own money out and the other was a bank robber? They both took money out but one did it legally. Do you understand the difference now or should I show you pictures?

    December 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jack

    How about 'birth of baby on u.s. soil by criminal parents who want U.S. taxpayers to support their kid"

    December 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duane - St. Pete FLA

      perfect!!!!

      December 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tea Party Express

      How about "worthless human tax sponges that will try to sell our grandchildren drugs"

      December 8, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • KJC

        Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with someone's choice to live in a certain country – or any of their life choices, legal, illegal, you name it – you should NEVER call another person "worthless." Even someone who breaks our laws still has a heart and soul of value. Regardless of the choices or personal state of any individual, that is a cold-hearted term that has no place describing a HUMAN BEING.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • firehorseme

        oooohhhh I know another word! Parasites. Wait, that may be more offensive.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mark

    The truth very rarely offends no one.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dlh559

    How true, well said ! American's are blasted for using an offensive term, Yet each year goes by and the goverment and the laws that we are REQUIRED to live by get shoved aside. The Mexican goverment ( as corrupt as it is ) blames the U.S. for their people leaving. I've said this a million times over CLOSE THE BORDERS NOW.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tvmc

    The second-coming may be an anchor baby. Then beware...

    "Then he will answer and he will say to them, 'Amen, I say to you, as much as you have not done to one of these little ones, neither have you done that to me.' Mathew 25

    December 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Knewt

    Hey you want to see an offensive term "Career Politician"!

    December 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lilpamy

    if the shoe fits wear it. or maybe just go home

    December 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. P.Y.

    FDR did?Why we can't?

    December 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sean

    You’re 100% correct. The term Anchor Baby is offensive. It is offensive to every American and LEGAL immigrant. Including my girlfriend and her family who came here from Colombia. (correct spelling) They spent the time and money to come here legally. They are the first to tell you it isn’t easy. (Why should it be?) And the first to tell you THEY are offended by illegals.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. MontanaErik

    If we eliminated from the dictionary every word that offended someone, we'd have about ten pages left.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. C

    OK, call then call then what they are, "babies of illegal immigrant criminals."

    December 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Knewt

      BOIICs???

      December 8, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • John D

      Whatever you think about American immigration law, I'm still at a loss as to why the BABY should be subject to abuse.

      They didn't do anything wrong; they can't control who their parents are or where they're born.
      THEY didn't come to the United States illegally.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • AndyTheGameInventor

      What shocks me is that some people make such a big deal of the criminality of crossing the border illegally. Yes, it is illegal. Yes, it makes them lawbreakers. But so does running a red light or driving after a few too many beers. Those things can and do sometimes kill people – yet we look at them as relatively minor offenses especially if no one is hurt. By contrast, these people view sneaking in to work without permission as some much greater offense.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Prometheus

        What shocks me, AndyTGI, is that you don't know the difference between "misdemeanor" and "felony".

        December 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • conrad

        Prom .... It's not a felony to illegally cross the border. It's not even a misdemeanor, It's only a civil offense.
        Get your facts straight, and stop being a right wing nut hater. Geeze

        December 9, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  16. Jorge

    It is not about immigration so your point is moot.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Joe Schmoe

    So what should we call them? Should it be "child of an illegal alien used to keep said illegal alien from being deported." Hummmmmmm....... "anchor baby" is a lot easier to say.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • John D

      How about "human being who, like all other human beings, cannot control his or her parentage or birthplace, and who should not, therefore, be subjected to abuse on the basis of those unchangeable personal characteristics."

      December 8, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dick

      Anchor Burritos

      December 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  18. John D

    They're not necessarily illegitimate, though.

    And they're definitely not illegal in the sense of being in the country without immigration status.
    A person born in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction of the United States is a citizen. That's the plain wording of the Fourteenth Amendment. Whether that's wise policy is another matter, but for the time being, it's the supreme law of the land.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  19. jon

    Anyone born in the US can claim the word "native".

    December 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  20. trauma

    a term can be both derogatory and true at the same time.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  21. AL in West Palm Beach, FL

    Sean,
    This seems nice on a bumper sticker...now, point me to where an illegal interviewee said that.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      If you will be more specific I am happy to address your concern.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  22. tvmc

    Thanks pat. Very rational answer.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  23. JB Cal

    I thought that Indians immigrated to North America during the ice age.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Chris

    meh. Get over it. I'll stil use the term.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Sean

    hop*

    CNN for pete's sake give us an edit button already.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Veronica

    Legal vs illegal

    December 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  27. WKnox

    Not all "anchor babies" are born to illegals. When I came here as a student, my wife was already pregnant and after she gave birth, we applied for citizenship docs at our country's embassy. We left the U.S. and came back again to continue our studies. When we applied for a U.S. visa, the U.S. embassy rejected the visa for our U.S. born child even though we had never applied for a U.S. passport for the child. Instead they asked to apply for a U.S. passport. There are probably thousands of children born to the parents like us who are nonimmigrants and temporarily in the country (students, high-skilled workers, visitors, etc.). I also know that some of them try to make babies while their in the U.S. Surprisingly, almost all Chinese women become pregnant within a year after they arrive in the U.S. To be honest, the term "anchor baby" offends me because my child was also born here and now has a dual citizenship, but I also feel sorry for Americans as noncitizens are taking advantage of their system.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • astuartgirl

      Thanks for your opinion. Nice and sane. I read the whole thing. Most I don't because they are just ramblings of the insane.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Then by definition...

      your child is not an "anchor baby", unless of course your sole intention of your wife coming to the US while pregnant was to gain citizenship. By your own admission (if, in fact, you are being truthful) your child would not be considered an anchor baby.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • WKnox

        Actually, we didn't know about citizneship being granted solely based on birth place. So yes, it was not our intention.

        December 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • WKnox

      "their" =>"they are". Sorry.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hungarian Anchor Baby

      Technically speaking I was an anchor baby: born here prior to parents who were immigrants. However, it doesn't offend me. My parents, like you, came here legally and did the hard work to become US citizens. If someone is illegal and doesn't like the term, perhaps they need to realign their priorities and do it right.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  28. teremist

    OH GEE, I must be politically correct, I must not state the obvious, or the truth, or use common sense! Heaven forbid an illegal felon invader might get upset! These are invaders, not immigrants. Immigrants work hard, pay taxes, come here legally, obey the laws, and do not demand hand-outs. BIG DIFFERENCE. We owe the invaders NOTHING, including citizenship for their children, and NOTHING is all they should get. If they want more, then they need to apply to their country of origin.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  29. AngelicaS

    Al- have you not heard ILLEGALS and the advocates for lawbreaking argue repeatedly and stridently that the ILLEGAL parents should not be deported BECAUSE they have American citizen children. This is their main argument and is also a cornerstone of ICE Chief John Morton's recent memorandum in which ILLEGAL parents of American children are deemed (at least for Morton's tenure as ICE chief) not subject to this Administration's deportation priorities. Hence- the accurate term– anchor baby- THIS IS PRECISELY WHAT IS HAPPENING and A POLICY THAT CONTINUES TO BE SOUGHT BY THE ADVOCATES FOR IMMIGRATION LAWBREAKERS.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • AngelicaS

      No. I am not against that- But what I am against is granting de facto amnesty to lawbreakers (which they do not have the legal authority to do) and also I am against this Administration (for whom I voted) not demanding more resources to enforce our laws - LAWS that are THE MOST GENEROUS IN THE WORLD. Rather than utizling taxpayer resources to enforce the law and to create a larger infrastructure to deal with the enormity of this problem, they are devoting our taxpayer funds to sue States which are merely trying to enforce the equivalent of existing federal law. But, to my other point - the term anchor baby is an ACCURATE descripion of the motivations of the lawbreakers and their disgusting advocates.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • John D

        Obama's deported more people than any other president, ever.
        I'd regard that as a rather dubious achievement, but obviously you haven't taken it into account at all.

        December 8, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Veronica

    Indians came across the continents from Asia and settled here so they are immigrants too. Maybe they had to conquer cavemen.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Duane - St. Pete FLA

    yep....and they did it the correct way.....why can't you understand that? Laws are in place for a reason, you can't pick and choose the laws you want or don't want to follow dummy.....

    December 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • astuartgirl

      Seriously? You are so naive.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Duane - St. Pete FLA

    great idea

    December 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Duane - St. Pete FLA

    that's a dumb statement.....Mexican's who break the laws getting here need to leave. Try getting caught in Mexico without the correct paper work.....they will ship your ass back in a heartbeat.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tea Party Express

      Or hand them 5$ and they treat you like Jesus

      December 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Jake

    That's not true at all. My grandma came here from Greece following WWII, but she did it legally, the right way. Our current immigration problem is based on people entering this country illegally. Being Native American has no bearing on this argument whatsoever. It's about people coming in illegally vs legally.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Joe

    "Native American" isn't a correct term either–it's PC nonsense.
    It was created by the US Govt around 1970 so they could classify people for the census, so they could check a box on the form.
    Then our government knew who it could discriminate against.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Jimbo

    Funny how people always forget to put the word "illegal" in front of the word "immigrant".

    December 8, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnán

      It's not "people" forgetting that pesky little word "illegal."

      It's the pro-illegal alien lobby. They know that the only chance they have is to create confusion and spread disinformation. It is vital to their efforts that they confuse the public into believing that objections to illegal immigration are really all about "anti-all immigration."

      So they never mention that LEGAL immigrants, who have had to put up with years of waiting, paperwork, fees and red tape, are the most anti-illegal immigrant group out there.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Debbie

    An anchor baby is what it is. You can't tell me that illegals aren't doing this. I live in Texas. Of course they are doing this. Just visit the hospitals along the border in Texas.
    I was born abroad. My parents were U S citizens, and there was NO WAY I was going to be offered citizenship in the country where I was born.
    The U S is encouraging "Anchor Babies" Expectant moms get across the border at the last possible moment to have their anchor babies. Then they bring their whole extended families to Texas.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Bob

    I am offended if you call me fat, but bummer, I am fat. If I don't want to be called fat then I should stop being fat. If you don't want your "anchor baby" to be called that, then please don't use them in that way.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  39. kirk

    We are not all Immigrants. I was born here, my parents were born here, my grandparents were born here. It has absolutely noithing to do with "we are all Immigrants". Every county in the world has Immigration laws. I expect everyone to respect and follow the law. The deifinition of Anchor Baby is 100% accurate and it should not be changed.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnán

      Damn right.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  40. WVLady63

    The truth is always offensive to mexicans. They vomit over our borders, come in with empty pockets turned inside out, palms up, demanding their rights! I find this OFFENSIVE! I am sick to death of supporting these ILLEGAL ALIENS! There should be a change in that. If you are here illegally and have a child, that child should JUST BORN HERE AND SHOULD NOT immediately be A CITIZEN!!!

    December 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  41. rkt210

    I was born here. I'm not about to sneak into another country and demand my "rights".

    December 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  42. qr

    I'm no immigrant, I'm Powhatan Indian.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  43. devils advocate

    You miss the point, it is not against immigration, just the illegal border crossers.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  44. miguel

    OR YOU CAN JUST LEAVE IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT HERE

    December 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  45. RenaP

    "They have also decried how it has resulted in the deportations of many people who have committed no crimes other than being in the country illegally."
    People who have committed no crimes other than being in the country illegally? Isn't that the definition for oxymoron?

    December 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • P.G.

      We should use the statement “who have committed no crime, other than being in the country illegally” in conjunction with other funny oxymoron like Government Intelligence or Jumbo Shrimp...

      December 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • KJC

        This is not an oxymoron, as the sentence simply states that yes, they committed a crime coming here, but they have not committed any subsequent crimes, such as violence, theft, etc. So basically, for those who actually see people as human beings, you might say the only crime they committed was trying to feed their starving families by entering a country that appeared to be their only hope. Most people I know who have come here illegally applied to come here legally many times first, but since "the list" is long, the majority who continue applying will still never get the chance to come. Meanwhile, their family remains in dire straights while they live in a country with 50% unemployment or under-employment that does not show signs of an improving economy. Faced with the choice of starving or crossing a border illegally to provide for my family, it's hard to say for sure that I would not come, as I've never been in that position, nor have most of the people spewing hatred.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • KJC

        p.s. I also like the above response of AndyTheGameInventor. As he points out, things like driving over the speed limit are CRIMES that most people commit every day. Yet for some reason, we think that crossing a border is a significantly more greivous crime, even if the intention is to live an otherwise productive and positive life supporting a family. "We will be judged as we judge," so you better hope you've obeyed every U.S. law to the tee!

        December 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. N.

      By definition the term "except" does not make it an oxymoron. You might look up the definition of oxymoron. Please learn the language before attempting to use it. Illegals at least have the excuse that English is not their second language. You have none.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mr. N.

        .. their second language ...

        December 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  46. mrsr

    I'm starting to notice that the people who are absolutely, disgustingly hateful towards illegal immigrants and all things concerning them have the worst grammar and spelling abilities. Rather than wasting all your energy on hate, how about you retake elementary school? Don't believe everything you hear. Some people lie and convince the vulnerable, and uneducated people to raise hate in the world.

    Not to mention the fact that it is extremely difficult, if at all possible, for illegal immigrants to receive federal aide. If any of their illegal children go to college, they pay full tuition with no scholarship, no government help, no anything.

    And as far as their not paying taxes – they make anywhere between 2 to 6 (if lucky) dollars an hour. If they aren't using a fake SSN to pay taxes that they will never get back, you certainly are not going to miss a few bucks they would be worth in taxes. They still pay property and merchandise taxes. All they are not paying is their wage, which a lot of them do.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • tony1954

      Tell you what. Since you seem to have no problem with ILLEGAL aliens NOT paying federal and state income taxes, why don't YOU write a check to the government, both to the federal and to your state government, to make up the difference which in effect is being STOLEN from the rest of us who DO pay taxes. My bet is you are among the 47% of those who pay no taxes at all.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • J3nMa11on33

      It is not at all difficult for illegal immigrants to receive Federal Aide, nor is it unlikely that in the case that a Natural born Citizen, who has worked their whole life needs aide, they are denied. It happens all the time. I have seem it first hand, and the problem is severely widespread. I am not uneducated, nor am I ignorant, however, I do a different perspective, a bit closer to the issue at hand in this regard. I feel that it is irresponsible to split a family, however, it is also irresponsible of someone to expect citizenship merely because they chose to procreate on our soil, as opposed to their homeland.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bloated bowels

        It is not at all difficult for illegal immigrants to receive federal aid. Further more,it is likely that in the case of a natural born citizen (who has worked their whole life) who needs aid, are denied. It happens all the time. I have seem it first hand, and the problem is greatly widespread. I am not uneducated or ignorant, however, I do see things from a different perspective and a bit closer to the issue at hand in this regard. I feel that it is irresponsible to split a family, however, it is also irresponsible of someone to expect citizenship merely because they chose to give birth upon American soil, as opposed to their own homeland.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • WRONG

      I work at a hospital and have seen first hand illegals having federal aide! It's called Medicaid just becaue they are pregnant.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • C

        Just wanted to point out that Medicaid is extremely hard to get even as a citizen. You have to have so many tax return forms, pay stubs, proof of residency forms, your birth certificate and social security card to even be able to apply for it and even then you don't always get it. I seriously doubt any illegals are able to get it when they wouldn't have those forms.

        December 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tgallant

      You need to work on your grammar too. It is "federal aid" not "federal aide".

      December 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • NC828

        Tgallant, you have confused "spelling" with "grammar" and missed the spelling mistake in the word "because."

        December 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      13 states currently allow illegal students to pay in-state tuition. Guess it's not that difficult, eh?

      December 8, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnán

      Sounds like someone who has never dealt with having their Social Security number stolen by an illegal. I have friends still trying to get their SS benefits untangled years after their information was stolen and sold to illegals.

      Sounds like someone who has never had to deal with illegals driving with no insurance and no license. I still have medical issues from the 2005 car crash where an illegal T-boned me after he ran a red light. I've yet to be reimbursed for my lost wages and lost deductible on car repairs, and I'm still paying higher car insurance rates for being the victim of an illegal with a fake license and bogus insurance card. The police? They didn't care. "Sanctuary City" policy that let them ignore the illegal alien's multiple crimes. A fake driver's license is a felony, but apparently only if being used by a 20-year-old US citizen to buy beer. In the hands of an illegal alien reeking of alcohol, it's no big deal?

      mrsr is typical of the fringe leftists who make excuses for illegal aliens and their crimes. If mrsr is so infatuated with illegals, he/she should open his/her home to them. Put your money where your keyboard is, mrsr: take responsibility for these criminals and provide the hospitality you claim the rest of us are failing to provide. But I'm pretty sure you'll keep your generosity to the usual liberal sort: nothing more than words. Certainly nothing that actually costs you anything.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • JD

      I'd be willing to bet some of those illegals are your relatives.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • neoritter

      I've noticed the most unintelligent, illogical and irrational people start their argument by attacking the credibility or intelligence of those who oppose them.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Duane - St. Pete FLA

        quite dummy

        December 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veronica

      Those legal citizens with poor grammar are probably products of schools forced to dumb down education to accommodate illegals who refuse to speak English. At least the Americans are trying to speak our national language.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan

        Really? Do we live in the same America? Are we blaming the immigrants for slow students? We has parents need to get involve in school and make sure that our kids are learning what they need in life. Don't blame the immigrants for your poor parenting.

        December 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Taxpayer

      I find you absolutely, distustingly offensive. Life goes on.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jorge

      They take more in benefits than they pay in taxes and that is an undisputed fact!!!!

      December 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ from Boston

      Maybe true but at least it's broken English and not Spanish. You couldnt invade any other country in the World like the illegals do to the US and get away with it. You would be arrested or shot on site. The problem in this country is overspending for those that don't belong. We are changing our laws to accomodate them and their expenses in the name of social justice. Let's leave it up to the taxpayers to decide. If the liberal softy hug out the problem lefties want to support it with their taxes than go for it. No other generation in history that came here legally received a handout. Not to mention they would be embarrassed and had to have a sponser to even come here in the first place. Stop comparing this generation of national plague to any other that came here to be American and to contribute to our countrys pride. Todays immigrants work here and just ship it home so they can eventually have a better life back elsewhere. I would gladly pay $10 for a salad or go without if it would send even one back to where they came from. If you want to wait in line like everyone else does – welcome to America – I'm glad to have you.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Jim

    Can't speak for you grand/great grand parents , but mine did it legally

    December 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  48. CP

    Why lie about the truth of the term. It goes the same way with any other non-american person but less talked about. It's not as easy to get into the US from other countries as easy as the Latinos or Mexicans make it. They'll dig and claw their way through just about anything to get to someplace better.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Chela

    Too funny, I have student loans that I pay on a monthly basis. My education was not free, I have paid and continue to pay for anything that I might've received while growing up. I have taken, yes, I have, but I have given and will continue to give back to this great country.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Bulla

    Anchor Baby is not an offensive term. However, two of the words used in this article are offensive and inappropriate.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Wile E. Peyote

    Anchor Baby is offensive? To whom? To the illegals? So what. When are we going to take our country back and stop catering to the people who enter this country illegally? Get them out now.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jimbo

      We know that is your plan there Richard, you guys want to turn the southwest into Mexico.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • mlopro7

      The next word in the dictionary to be classified as offensive: American n. - [rude and offensive] (esp. average middle-aged Republican caucasians) - a narrow minded bunch who established the Tea Party and are known for their rampant incivility, racism, hypocrisy, subverting democracy, and for misrepresenting otherwise intelligent Americans.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • miptrooper

      Push me....see what happens!

      December 8, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Joel Johnston

    Calling someone an anchor baby seems less offensive than calling me Caucasion. I'm Euro American, not Caucasion.

    Everyone will be offended by something. They say the Noisy wheel gets the grease. In the US, it does. Some say the Noise Wheel gets replaced – that is what smart countries do. Someday, after we replace all the thieves in Congress, we will be smart again.

    Make your vote count in 2012 – Reelect nobody.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Jim

    Here is a example. Jerk Gov. Brown past the Cal. Dream Act give the babies access to public funds to educational funds. As of right now Cal is 13billion in the hole for next year (2012). He wants to raise tax on wealthy and sales to pay for a balance budegt. While they babies didn't do all the expense how is raising my tax fair to pay for thoes funds. How.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Todd C

      I have to agree, as it is clear from your response that we do not even have sufficient funds here in California to educate our own citizens.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Road

      I cant believe your sniveling about something brown did.you idiots re-elected him so you have know one to blame but yourselfs and before you say you didn't vote for him let me ask you this..did you get off your ass and go stomping around to remind everyone what he did last time he was gov.of calif. or did you sit on the computer sniveling and whinning about it?just wondering..

      December 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • CapitalP

        You are implying that everyone voted Brown back in. Paint with a broad brush mutch?

        December 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • AngelicaS

      I am all for raising taxes on the wealthy except for when funds will be used to pay for, encourage, or otherwise incentivize benefits for ILLEGAL IMMGIRANTS. When Americans realize the enormous abuse in taxpayer funds being diverted to ILLEGAL FOREIGN NATIONALS - they will be against raising additional tax revenues. The diversion of our precious taxpayer funds to benefit ILLEGALS is INFURIATING!

      December 8, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger in Florida

      Rick Perry-R, Texas did the same thing but you won't mention that because he is a fellow Republican?

      December 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • AngelicaS

        Roger- if you're talking about me- rest assurred - I am a life-long Democrat and an '08 Obama voter. Also, I would never vote for Perry because he is for incentivizing more lawbreaking by granting taxpayer rewards to the immigration lawbreakers and their offspring.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  54. michelle

    I hate when people use that line...'doing jobs Americans won't do.' That is not the case at all. Americans won't do these backbreaking labor jobs for low pay and without appropriate benefits. The flood of migrant workers is great for companies that get to keep their labor costs down, but not for American workers who experience wage deflation as a result.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • awaysaway

      And so their prices are lower and so we can therefore afford to eat in their restaurants, eat the vegetables they sell, etc. Maybe you want to pay more for things? Or maybe you like the idea of cheaper imports?

      December 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  55. gera

    Where is your outcry about businesses hiring illegally people (illegals), or landlords hiring illegal workers in the fields, or families hiring maids to clean their houses, or mowing the lawn. Perhaps next time you are going to start wondering about your kids having illegal friends (in school) (being sarcastic) Why is that when it comes to illegal aliens everybody outcries only, but when it comes to the big picture everybody is quiet.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • AngelicaS

      The term is NOT offensive. It is an accurate description of the motivation behind having and/or use of children to anchor the ILLEGAL parents to the United States of America. The ILLEGAL parents and their advocates argue that they should not be deported because they have American citizen children. The term anchor baby accurately describes this practice.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • gera

        I agree with you, but you missed my point, just like Joe

        December 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • AngelicaS

        No I didn't Gera- I was just making my own point.

        December 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • gera

      Excuses. I am talking about in general.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ from Boston

      Regardless of whether we use them once they are here is not the issue. The problem starts with letting them in to begin with. Just remember it is the US government that is not enforcing the border and not allowing States like AZ and AL to enforce their illegal alien policies. I put the blame first on our own president and our own government. If Obama claims the States cant enforce the laws because its the Feds responsibility than prove it and stop fighting for the other guys. When is this President going to do anything Pro American ? Just sickening.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Tensai13

    No other country on the planet has the "anchor baby" rule and it is absurd that people from as far away as China can fly to America just to birth their baby and later claim citizenship and associated benefits.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • southpawstance

      Not true. Canada and most of the rest of North and South America recognize birthright citizenship. "Jus soli" or right of the soil is the doctrine followed by the "New World." "Jus soli" originally was a reaction to the Europe's (the Old World) practice of "jus sanguinis" or right of blood. America's founding fathers rejected the Old World idea that a person's status was determined by which family he or she was born into. America has no king and no nobility, and all men are created equal; thus everyone born on her soil is equal in America. (Or so we hope.)

      December 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tex Gritter

        The hard reality is that if you intend to spend prolonged time in almost any of these "Latin" countries, you have to bring something to the table. If not, you wont be there for very long. I know this because I spent quite a bit of time studying on it. I was looking for a "cheap" place to live while I worked on a book I was writing. In theory, you are entirely correct South Paw. But, in the actual situation, things are just a little bit different.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • southpawstance

        I guess I'm not following what you're trying to say, Tex. Are you saying that babies born in "Latin" countries aren't granted birthright citizenship, or just that it's hard to live in countries other than the US?

        I was just pointing out that birthright citizenship was something our founding fathers embraced to separate this country from the old ideas of Europe and to further the idea that all men are created equal. I'm pretty sure that we hold this truth to be self evident.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  57. reader10

    OUR politicans are the ones who 's destrouying this country .All they want is getting reelected.America is rotting from within.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  58. yellow rose

    If the US tax payer could see how much Anchor babies are costing us then they would wake up. Where else can you come and have a kid for free – collect welfare, food stamps and just keep on doing it -
    the sad sad thing too they don't practice birth control it doesnt take a rocket scientist to realize there are so many jobs for so many people, so the US is becoming a WELFARE country and its only going to get worse. I'm disappointed in our Politicians they are not doing anything about this problem.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • BioHrzd420

      I think any parent (even those on welfare and food stamps) would argue that children arent' free. Period.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Burbank

    I find Anchor Babies extremely offensive in the fact they are even here! Perhaps Cuckoo Chicks or Parasite Larvae would be a more accurate term. The parents come here and dump them on us to feed and raise for them, just like Cuckoos laying eggs in another bird's nest or parasites sucking us dry.

    I don't like Bachmann, but I'm glad she pointed out that these illegal aliens cost each of us $1000 per year in taxes! This anchor baby law needs to be repealed. We are unfairly burdened with all these parasites that should be doing their homework to make their own countries better, not trying to foist their irresponsibly begotten huge families on us!

    Having children you can't afford to feed and raise is child abuse and if the responsibility to care for them gets thrust on innocent and unwilling others, they are being abused too! I sure could use an extra $1000 per year!

    December 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Tom

    Congratulations! You became something! How many of your other "first generation" compadres have done the same?

    It's time to send the people who are here illegally home!

    December 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Dan

    Funny, most pro-illegal alien people claim to be humane, but they really aren't. Actually, they're in a paradox:

    If you are a criminal business person and hire illegal aliens, you are actively depressing the fair wage for that labor by cheating. The reason most people won't take those jobs is because they are not effective at covering costs. That's not humane for the citizens of U.S.

    If you claim that illegal aliens will take the pay you give them, you are actively oppressing a fair wage for a fellow human being. That is cruel and certainly not humane to the non-citizen of the U.S.

    The bottom line is we like our cheap produce, yard work, and home repairs, and so long as people are not subject to legal remedy for actively breaking this law, our lives will continue unabated. But don't feed me a line that "no one wants to do the jobs." Pay more and try following the law. Or get busted and suffer bankruptcy from jail, I don't care.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Speak for yourself.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • JP

      Dan,
      My sentiments also. It would seem that a business that does hire these illegals would want to maintain the status quo. A pool of illegal low wage workers who have no recourse if you decide not to pay them is great for business. I have heard stories from friends that after Katrina, whole groups would show up for their paycheck and the traveling construction owner is nowhere to be found. My stepmotherworked in a factory in TN, where there were quite a few latino workers (who also brought their small children to work). She sewed together US miilitary uniforms. A coworker had a friend drop off something. The friend happened to be a uniformed police officer. One sight of the uniform and the factory lost a large percentage of workers that day. I too have no doubt that 99% of the illegals are hard workers, but the problem is, what does that leave Mexico with to fix their own internal issues? Why should they have citizenship privileges ahead of nationalities not of this continent? Just because they are geographically mobile? There are regions of the world who have it far worse than counties south of us. I would rather repeal birthright citizenship, and raise my taxes to implement a lottery to bring in a variety of poor hard working people who love the USA.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • AngelicaS

      Correct- they believe that their humanity should be allocated exclusively to the lawbreakers and and encouraging more lawbreaking rather than feeling humane and compassionate to American citizens who are devastated by the wage depression and the job opportunities lost to the blackmarket ILLEGAL laborforce. They also do not give to s#!+s about the lawabiding businesses who are not able to compete with the lawbreakers. Their sense of humanity is totally scewed!

      December 8, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • spiderking

      I haven't seen any cheap vegetables, nor have I paid for cheap yardwork or repair work of any kind. The fact that they work cheaper than US citizens doesn't guarantee cheaper products, just more profit for the jerk that lowered what he would pay to give them a job.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Mr. USA Forever

    Too bad that is exactly what they are. Anyone offended by the term is a complete loser, period.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • BioHrzd420

      The same could be said for any other derogatory term towards another person, but doesn't make it proper to say. It is still offensive, whether you think it applies or not. It's not like anyone calls someone an "anchor baby" to be nice.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Duane - St. Pete FLA

        tough crap....they are crimminals so they are called what they are called.....I think the word "rapist" is not nice either......we should call them.....desprate for love criminals. Yeah.....that way all you liberals won't offend anyone.....hahahaha

        December 8, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Jim

    Here's why people don't like them. They left/ran away from Mexico for a better life, rather than stay and fight for change there, with no reguard for our (US) laws. Use our system to benifit them. What happens when our (US) country fails, they will run like before to some where else. They have no morals or skin in the game.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      If your going to play the morality card on me you had better play it on them too.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Chase in Cali

    Be definition you are an "Achor Baby". You are NOT an American in my eyes. I do however thank you for your service. That alone does not get me to respect you or your position.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  65. YoungSkeptic

    Can someone make a list of words that aren't offensive? At this point, that list would be shorter.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gcoop

      Lol, so true.

      December 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  66. ProperVillain

    The term "anchor baby" is offensive?
    Oh PLEASE! Either don't have a baby in the US intended to keep you here or grow a pair and stop being such a whiney baby. Seriously, this whole PC thing has gotten out of control.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Sara

    *my post was in reply to Dean's question about why "they' want to leave their countries.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Tom

    I've got a fix for the term – don't consider them citizens.

    There parents knew exactly what they were doing when they came here – they knew the exact consequences. Send these kids back with their parents.

    It would be no different if I had gotten away with a crime for 20 or so years and not told anybody about it. They find me, they arrest me, and I am inprisoned. My family and friends who thought I was on the up and up are floored and have no idea what just happened. My kids go without their father. I knew what the consequences were, but I decided to live the lie anyway.

    The survival of the US requires that SOMETHING be done with this issue!

    December 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • CJ Topspin

      You know what offends me? It offends me when citizens of other countries come to my country and demand the rights and privileges of citizenship. So guess what? THEY ARE ANCHOR BABIES. AND YOU ARE ILLEGAL. Find another group of citizens to take advantage of.

      December 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • mrsr

      So.. Are you then saying that if you committed a crime and got caught for it, your kids should go to prison with you?? If you are willing to say your kids should definitely pay for your crime just like you have to, then yes, we should definitely send back those "anchor babies". But I highly doubt that you are wiling to allow the world to punish your children for your mistakes.

      December 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • US guard

        mrsr – you have a sick and twisted mentality.

        December 8, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • mrsr

        No. You have a sick and twisted mentality. Haters have the nerve to say that illegal immigrants and their anchor babies should go back to where they came from because the illegal immigrant parents made the mistake and their kids should also pay for that mistake by going back to a foreign country that they don't know anything about. But children of criminals don't go to prison with their parents. Children of people with thousands and thousands of dollars in debt don't inherit the debt. So why do the anchor babies have to pay for simply being born?

        December 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Leonard Alexman

        THe difference ias I did not use my klids to commit the crime.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • AJ from Boston

        The parents have to go back, the kids can stay but they can never vote. Funny but if every Mexican was a hard core right wing conservative or even an independent voter the Dems would be shipping them back to Mexico any way possible and at any expense. Its just a comedy that the left cant just admit the facts. Humanitarian reasons and supporting them to have a better life are more excuses than anything. If they cared enough they would change their own Country but they just let it go to crap with drugs and violence. . At the end of the day its more about people watering down this Country's national pride and creating a socialized country. If they can't beat us fairly by being smarter, stronger, better than us than the rest of the World would rather divide the Country and counquer it. Looks like its working.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • US guard

      I have never seen one illegal paying taxes. I have seen many illegalls NOT PAYING TAXES after they got their green cards. You know this is the truth.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Gcoop

    Wow. Political correctness has a stranglehold on our society. When did everyone become so d@mned sensitive and so eager to complain about trivial things?

    December 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • BioHrzd420

      I'm not really sure what the hooplah is about anyways. The article was correcting the definition of a word. That's it. Yes, it is offensive because it was born as a derogatory term for children of immigrants. It's never said as a complement. So that iwas included in the definition. Not really the basis for taking up issue with immigration policies and spouting bigotry against immigrants (or what people really mean, Mexicans).

      December 8, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  70. brian

    The powers that be want lax immigration policies because immigrants are the most uninformed voters and they want to dilute the voting power of Americans. Immigrants are willing collaborators because they want to protect their brethen even at the expense of the average American. Blacks will protect Blacks at the expense of justice and morality (e.g., remember O.J.).

    December 8, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Joe

    The anchor mill is a successful business, originating as a means of obtaining benefits by procreation. While most people have children out of love,illegals have them as a means of using them to try and make everyone feel guilty. Doesn't work on me, it just infuriates me more and anchor baby is a "four letter word".

    December 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • NOT MY CHAIR

      most people have children because of love? yea right i dont know bubble you live in but i am will to 80% of the people i know that have a baby it was because of an accident

      December 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Fast Edward

        Really?! What, are you, like, 16 or something?

        December 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Integrity

      Could we not also argue that the "the system" in the US also reward teens and adult mothers, who have babies, but are unable to support them?

      Do we not give money to these parents, who are native citizens, for each baby they have?

      I am in support of ensuring that the babies and children receive proper care, but doesn't this system promote (or at least) support and ensure the continuation of this very problem?

      December 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  72. ginx

    Truth hurts? There are websites published in Mexico on how to find the hospitals on this side of the border complete with street maps and driving directions just so they can have their babies here. I say load them in an ambulance for a free ride to a Mexican hospital back across the border. If you want to become a citizen: fine I welcome you but do it the legal way, and not use your child as a loophole crutch.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Brad

    Don't really care if they are offended by what I think of them. I'm a citizen, they aren't, I'll say and do what I want in MY country, F them.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Right on, if they don't like it they can LEAVE.

      December 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chase in Cali

      I'm with ya on this one 100% of the way.

      December 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  74. DeeNYC

    &%(#$ the people are offended and &*(%$ their anchor babies too.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Wastrel

    It is offensive to me - not the words, but the idea. It should not be allowed. Send them all home.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  76. BJ

    The term is not meant to insult a baby. It's not the baby's fault. It applies to the parents and how they may have gone outside the law to gain citizenship.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  77. bette davis

    When you found out you were illegal, why didn't you go through the process to become legal. That's the issue at hand. Illegal immigrants, especially Latinos, Chicanos and others come to this country and have a baby so they can stay. While other immigrants follow the law and become citizens. Your family should be deported ASAP for being here illegally. Illegal immigrants take advantage of this country and Americans need to put stop to it NOW.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jye

      Except for the fact that Chela IS LEGAL by birth, you are spot on with your statement.

      December 8, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • awaysaway

      She is legal – she was born here. What are you talking about?

      December 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • RichP

      Good lord, learn to read. She was born here.

      December 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  78. WillH85

    Its accurate, not offensive. But if it does offend people, how about we stop letting people get away with it and change the law? That way the word won't need to be used any more.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      ^ vote this guy into office!

      December 8, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  79. brian

    OK. The ATF gives guns to the cartels. The DEA launders money to the cartels. The CIA helps disseminate crack cocaine, LSD, etc. in the US and protects the Afghan opium/heroin trade. Poor border security. It could only mean one thing: collusion between the US govt, drug cartels and corporations to profit from the drug and enforcement industry and drug the American people into submission. Negligent immigration policies to dilute the voting power of the American people. I find chemical dependency disgusting, but Americans should decide what they ingest. Legalize it!

    December 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Ken from FL

    Yet another example of political correctness run amuck. The last time I checked, the word anchor was not a derogatory term, but I guess American Heritage will have to change THAT definition to read something along the lines of "an offensive term used to describe an piece of metal or other material used to fix something in one spot." Drop out the word "offensive" in that last one, and you have the EXACT definition of an anchor baby. Are those who are offended by this term denying that the practice of giving birth in a country in which one is illegally living in an effort to avoid deportation DOES NOT OCCUR? If so, then might I suggest they need to check THEIR facts.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Grant

    Time to stop automatic citizenship for anchor babies. No rewards for those who break the law.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Tbone

    Wow get over it. Latino's work really hard cause they have to. Most of us white American wouldn't do those jobs anyway.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      I've dont them, and I didn't mind them at all. It's not that hard of work, it just pays crapy because why pay full price when you can have an illegal do it for cheaper. That whole, these are jobs Americans don't want is a bunch of BS. The truth is those jobs pay crap because they can get illegals to do it, period. Any buisness hiring illegals needs to be put out of buisness for illegal activity. Then we can get all these Americans out of work a job.

      December 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • ndlily

      You need a qualifier. Most white Americans wouldn't do those jobs . . . because we have to live on the books rather than off of them and realize that a system that we haven't paid into can't be expected to support us. But whatever rationalization helps you sleep at night.

      December 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Integrity

    Could we not also argue that the "the system" in the US also reward teens and adult mothers, who have babies, but are unable to support them?

    Do we not give money to these parents, who are native citizens, for each baby they have?

    I am in support of ensuring that the babies and children receive proper care, but doesn't this system promote (or at least) support and ensure the continuation of this very problem?

    December 8, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • zz

      Should we give those crazy baby-killing mothers/fathers their citizenship to immigrants and their babies who wants to be citizens?

      December 8, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  84. gera

    The system itself (in the US) allows a person to request legal status in this country through a born citizen member of the family (children) Thus, it is not the illegal people's fault at all but the system. They are just living a normal life, including having kids like any other person. Please stop saying that they have babies to become legal in this country. It is the laws of this country that permits it.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      JUST the fact that they cross the border illegally to have the baby, makes the action illegal.

      December 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joe

        Spot on Michelle. Anchor baby is a four letter word.

        December 8, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • RainyAlaska

        There is nothing obscene about the term "Anchor Baby". Illegal aliens come into this country, have a baby and use that child as an anchor to keep the whole family in this county. It's not a derogatory term, it's an apt phrase. It describes exactly what happens. Why is that offensive? Maybe a few people find it offensive because it's the truth.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • gera

        Where is your outcry about businesses hiring illegally people (illegals), or landlords hiring illegal workers in the fields, or families hiring maids to clean their houses, or mowing the lawn. Perhaps next time you are going to start wondering about your kids having illegal friends (in school) Why is that when it comes to illegal aliens everybody cries only, but when it comes to the big picture everybody is quiet.

        December 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drowlord

      Your whole argument is that it's possible to manipulate the system, therefore it isn't wrong to manipulate the system?

      I guess if it's possible to murder someone without leaving enough evidence for a conviction, then it's okay to murder someone in such a way. Nothing wrong with the murderer or the act of murder, of course, since it's the faulty system that causes the problem.

      December 8, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Integrity

    Chela,

    My heart goes out to you.

    Please see my comment below.

    As you can see, I don't blame you, I blame the drug dealers of Mexico (and the US), and I blame the corrupt leaders and military of Mexico. I also blame anyone who supports the corrupt, violent, and evil enterprise, by buying drugs in the US.

    These individuals feed upon and destroy all that is good, like parasites.

    The sad thing is, many people honor and respect the drug dealers and corrupt leaders–simeply because they're rich– when they should be despised by the entire world.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Steve

    Hey, Dave,

    Virtually impossible? go to any 7-11 in Northern VA on a Saturday/Sunday Morning, and you are inundated with Hispanics looking for day work.

    As to the matter at hand – the term is not offensive, nor racist – just an accurate description of what the situation is.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  87. mecatfish

    Ahhhh, a different kind of 1% er

    December 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  88. mecatfish

    I say make em all join the military, millions of them......Then invade Mexico.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Integrity

    It's sad that Mexico has been utterly corrupted and destroyed by drug traffickers, corrupt leaders, and other organized criminals. It’s sad that decent people (the poor and those not a part of the corrupt system) feel compelled to flee their native land.

    Those guilty of corruption (including the Mexican government and military) are largely responsible for this problem.

    The entire world should declare war against the corrupt elements of Mexico and should go after the drug traffickers, with a vengeance. The UN should consider invading Mexico, if necessary, in order to stamp out drug production and corruptionn in Mexico.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • branko

      It is sad that all of this (drugs) has to do with the habits of american drug users, I say this because in the eyes of mos white americans all these Illegal immigranta are drug burriers. The illegals come here for the same dream your ancestors had is there anything wrong with that? they work jobs nobody wants, you thin a white american kid lets say 20years old would pick fruit for a living? I doubt it...

      December 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tex Gritter

        They couldnt afford to pick fruit so cheaply. Mostly because they dont live 30 or 40 people to a house the way the illegals do in a town very near to mine. We all have INDIVIDUAL bills to pay......

        December 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • D Scott Day

      We cant Invade mexico they dont have oil only corruption and drug trafficers.
      and sorry but the term anchor baby is a right on the money definition.
      is it P.C. no but very accurrate and they dont work jobs no one wants they just drive down the wages we would be paid for the job. because most dont pay taxes so they will work for less and have more because they also dont buy auto insurance. wait until an illegal has a fender bender with you

      December 8, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  90. MM??

    Incorrect definition;
    Should not apply for cases when the father is a citizen or mother and father are legal residents.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Dean

    If they are so hardworking and so great why does their country suck so much that they want to leave it?

    December 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      Because America's demand for Mexico's drugs has created kingpins out of killers. I live in a border city. I used to go to Mexico all the time for leisure. The good, hard-working citizens of Mexico are being punished economically by the lack of tourists that support them because people are too afraid (rightfully) to visit a place where they are at risk of robbery, kidnapping, and even murder and torture by the drug cartels.

      Change the US drug policy and perhaps you will see some changes.

      December 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benjamin Franklin

      Dean, you don't have to go too far to see that our own president sucks! Come on!

      December 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Conrad Shull

    I used to have great respect for the American Heritage Dictionary because it had the best etymologies and a great section in the back on Indo-European. But, when they removed the picture of Marilyn Monroe near the definition of decolletage, I stopped using their dictionary in feigned disgust. This story tells me I probably made the right decision.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • BioHrzd420

      Yes because the pictures are what make it a good dictionary....

      December 8, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Ada

    Anyone caught employing an illegal should have their business seized and sold at auction to help cover any taxpayers money spent on the enforcement process.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • I employ illegals

      I employ illegals. The job I have for them are meager jobs where ignorant Americans don't want it and even if they do join my business they either show up late or don't show up at all and need off constantly and grudge how they don't like the job. I tell them you are ignorant and don't have a college degree so there is no 9 to 5 white collar job waiting for you. The illegals produce SSN and I hire them and they are very loyal and prompt and no grudges. When I pay them taxes are taken out of their pay checks so I don't know why people keep saying they don't pay taxes. On the contrary they are denied lot of benefits that tax payers are granted even though they pay their taxes. So up yours to you.

      December 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike Speakman

        So you are admitting to be a criminal. You are a major part of the problem and should serve prison time for your offense and knowingly hiring criminals who abuse our system. Frankly I believe that you should face a firing squad.

        Anyone who legally immigrates to this country are more than welcome however I have no respect at all for those who come here illegally.

        December 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tired of Stupid

        Mike Speakman, just so I understand your position, since Chela's mom gave birth to her on American soil, making her a legal citizen, you believe she is a criminal and, thus, should pay for it by being killed by a firing squad? Not only was she born here through no fault of her own, but she also went on to proudly serve this country's Navy. Despite all of this, you still feel she should die. You are a disgusting individual.

        Chela, thank you for your service to this country, and God bless!

        December 8, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • awaysaway

      Ha – pretty strong talk and I think we can assume it is from someone who never started a business in their life. Nor have you struggled to keep alive your family business/farm against the influx of cheap imports. Although I am sure that you are happy to pay as little as possible for your groceries, building work, etc.

      December 8, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Integrity

    Sometimes the truth isn't pretty, and sometimes it hurts.

    December 8, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  95. DwayneL

    What's offensive is all these illegal aliens breaking our laws to come to our country!!!! Deport them all!

    December 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Luis

    Okay – so it's not an "anchor baby" – how about "semi-illegal-socio-economic-dead-weight-to-America."

    December 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  97. doug

    That's it Lou. At least you admit you are a rascist moron. You don't hide it. Thank you.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  98. DrewMan

    It's the Truth! How can it be offensive?

    December 8, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • I employ illegals

      yup you are right you incest bred red neck white pig...the truth hurts...

      December 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • urmomlol

        umadbro?

        December 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • astuartgirl

      LOL

      December 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  99. urmomlol

    I guess the truth hurts.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  100. JOSE0311USMC

    ANCHOR BABIES SHOULD NOT BE ALLOW TO BE U.S. CITIZEN'S...IF AN AMERICAN CITIZEN HAVE A BABY IN MEXICO, DOES THAT BABY BECOMES A MEXICAN CITIZEN ????ANYONE KNOW THE ANSWER ? I'M GOING TO SAY NO.

    December 8, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      yes, it does. it actually has dual citizenship because one or both parents are from the US and it was born on Mexican soil.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ken

        It should not though. I'ts laughable by today's standards and ease of travel.

        December 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luis

      I doubt any self-respecting American would want theire kid born in Mexico let alone claim citizenship – but I could be wrong – we do have some really weird people in U.S.A these days.

      December 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
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