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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. Get Real

    Seems to me that anchor babies are the WHITE PEOPLE whose parents/grandparents came here ILLEGALLY themselves – just ask NATIVE American! Sheesh!

    December 8, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • PlayfulDreamer

      Question for you: What gives the Native American any more right to this land than someone else? Is it because they were here first? Careful with that argument. Or is it because they were born here? Careful with that one too.

      December 8, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. macphile

    Just as a point of interest, dictionaries do not reflect correctness; they reflect common use. So in that sense, this correction was appropriate, as the term is pretty universally used as an insult.

    December 8, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mel

    If you want to claim you are an advocate against illegal immigration, then actually BE an advocate against illegal immigration. Research the products you buy, the restaurants you frequent, the hotels you stay at, the food you buy etc. If you support a business that employs illegal immigrants than YOU TOO are apart of the problem. Get educated, get organized and get active. Because guess what, sitting on a computer ranting about how they need to go back from whence they came will not change a thing. You know why the government gets away with it? Because they know they can! They know the average American citizen is too lazy to actually be inconvenienced and have to actually figure out and research what their money is supporting. The average American will blindly boast about finding a good sale, instead of learning that that sale is possible because of cheap labor. You want things to change? You want something to happen? Then get it together people and make it happen!

    December 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • The truth

      Wow, at least there is one smart cookie around here! did Fox news send you over here to wake up the these zombies?

      December 9, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. rcsdinthehills

    It is not illegal to be born on American soil to parents who are not citizens. It is how many Americans have come to be here. At least they did it legally. This is a very legal way to do it. For those of you who complain about the legalities, you should check into just how legal this practice is. Then check into how your ancestors came here.

    December 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdevil1735

      It is ILLEGAL to come to America without a visa and with intent of staying. There is LEGAL immigration, in which you need a green card and there is the illegal way where you sneak in.

      December 8, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • rcsdinthehills

        It is not illegal to be an anchor baby. An anchor baby is a legal citizen. It is then legal for his parents to become citizens. This is LEGAL. If you are so concerned about legalities, what is your problem? This is totally legal.

        December 8, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. American

    Americans are suckers to allow illegal immigration to over populate their country . The crimminal is making their own law for the country. Children born of an illegal in the country should also be considered an illegal entry and returned with the parent. There should be no getting around immigration law. Lawyers should be kept out of the paperwork of immigration and only government offices allowed to do the office work involved .

    December 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • PlayfulDreamer

      Bigots are typically blowhards who make generalized rhetorical statements like "The rest of your post is likely driven by xenophobia or bigotry." You have no way to know that. C'mon... If you expect reason from others, you should be reasonable yourself.

      December 8, 2011 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alicia

      You obviously don't have to be around any either, or you would know what people who object to illegals are talking about.

      December 8, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • the truth

      That is the most idiotic thing I have ever heard, seriously! An American, is some one who is born in this nation regardless of their parent's nationality, That baby is as American an apple pie my brother!

      December 9, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • petz

        No, the baby is not American. Illegal is illegal. How is it that this loophole makes the baby "American? Please explain. I don't care where the parents come from. The baby goes home (wherever that might be) WITH the parents.

        December 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • AlexM

        The original intent of the 14th amendment was never to allow a child born on our soil to a non-citizen be an American citizen.

        It was to give slaves (who were brought here against their will) American citizenship.

        Illegal aliens having children on our soil are doing it with the intent of gaining welfare from our tax dollars, and to allow the child to get them citizenship when they get older.

        It is not the same and should not fall under the 14th amendment.

        No matter how you try and twist it, or whether or not you agree with it, that is a fact.

        December 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • mn_test347

        @the truth

        "An American, is some one who is born in this nation regardless of their parent's nationality"

        They must also be "subject to the jurisdiction thereof".

        All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.

        December 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ben Canard

        Does the Amendment explicitly deny American citizenship to the chldren of illegal aliens? No. Thus AlexM, you are wrong. That's how legislation works. If something isn't excluded, then the law applies to that thing. It doesn't matter what the writers intentions were. That's why it's called a loophole. The writers of the amendment didn't consider what you are against, so tough it out. You're out of luck.

        December 9, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • GrouchyKat

        While the baby IS an American, it doesn't change the fact that it's mother is using the baby as an anchor to keep her in this country illgally. She's not an American, so she can leave the baby here and go back where she came from.

        December 11, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • mid

        when the laws are observed then illegals can go onto the path to be citizens in the US...if they keep bringing the filth with them and they are here illegally then they are breaking OUR laws and they are criminals...you get over it!

        December 12, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Zheng Xi

      oh so now people born in the U.S. are also considered illegal? Why should children, born and raised here be considered illegal, they were born here! They are american!!

      December 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • FFFF

        wrong..The ammendmant was never meant to be be so misused. Ever....

        December 9, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ben Canard

        Wrong FFFF, though an adequate name for you. The amendment does exclude what you think is a misuse of it and therefore anyone born in the US is an American citizen. That the writers of the amendment didn't consider the children of illegal immigrants doesn't mean that you can retroactively say they didn't mean to include them as American citizens. In fact, your understanfing of their intentions is probably about as in depth as your knowledge of spelling. Quadruple F for you.

        December 9, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • efaw

        I guarantee this guy wouldn't say the same thing if illegal immigrants were moving into China and having anchor babies there. Prove me wrong.

        December 10, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • mid

        No they are not and those laws will be changed...

        December 12, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  6. jdevil1735

    Once again an article about immigration leaves out one important thing -it is ILLEGAL immigration. The fact is anchor babies aren't needed by people who LEGALLY immigrate to the US. What I find offensive is that people think it is perfectly fine to break our immigration laws and then feel insulted when LEGAL residents get upset.

    December 8, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teamosil

      The term isn't used to insult people who broke any law, it is used to insult legal US citizen children who never did anything wrong whatsoever.

      December 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • jdevil1735

        No anchor baby is ONLY used for peopke who come to America, and have their baby in the hopes of not being sent back since their baby is AUTOMATICALLY a US citizen. It does NOT apply to LEGAL immigrants at all.

        December 8, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Teamosil

        The term is applied to the BABY, not the parent. Get the difference?

        December 8, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • jdevil1735

        It is applied to HOW the BABY was USED by the PARENTS. Sometimes you have to wonder if the parents even wanted the baby to begin with or just saw it as their ticket to America. Get it now????

        December 8, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • rcsdinthehills

      The word is offensive to many people and the dictionary is acknowledging that it is offensive. A baby is not an anchor. Calling a baby an anchor is an example of objectifying some of our most innocent and vulnerable legal citizens.

      December 8, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • ginaderin

        The Canadians are having the same problem with the Chinese. They are coming into the country to have their babies so the children can be Canadian citizens. They then return to Hong Kong (without paying their hospital bill) and since their children are Canadian citizens, they're not counted under the one child rule and the child can return to Canada as a young adult to take advantage of their very generous educational system. I know the Canadian people were going to remove the law that made any child born on Canadian soil a citizen, but I don't know if they did. But in Canada there has NEVER been a debate over the term Anchor Baby just a viable solution to a real problem.

        June 8, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • DesertKitty

      Wow...that makes NO sense.

      December 8, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Toobad

    I would NOT have made the same choice. If their country is so screwed up, why not STAY and make changes to improve it? I am NOT a criminal, and respect our laws. Oh and by the way, try sneaking into Mexico and see what happens. I find it hard to take ANYTHING Mexicans say about open borders seriously, when their immigration policies are far stricter than our own.

    These people DO cause problems here. Ever worked in construction? Of course not. Americans can no longer make a living wage in this industry, all thanks to illegal immigrants who take these jobs for peanuts. They drain our social services to no end without contributing anything back. And DON'T even trot out the phrase "Oh but they pay taxes.". They work for such cheap wages that whatever taxes they actually do pay are nowhere near the amount of money they cost our society. We would be FAR BETTER OFF without these leeches.

    December 8, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. D Scott Day

    ok lets help America some sound good? first the home depot and lowes crowd dont hire them oh they will do the job for you. but if the job isnt done right how much did it save you? also when you hire them you pay them with money you have been taxed on but they will never pay one dime in taxes.also makes it harder for honest tax paying buisnesses
    to make it. because they employ others pay taxes also have workmens comp insurance but most of all you know that they have the skill for the job. and are bonded to back it up if they make a mistake and burn your home down

    December 8, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Darren

    It's not the anchor babies that are really the problem. It's the boat full of tax-dodging illegals that is attached to the anchor and that is sucking our government resources bone-dry, bringing added crime to border communities, and running drugs across the border. If you think I'm full of crap, then go live in a border region and see for yourself.

    December 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • D Scott Day

      I agree darren

      December 8, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sandra

      I did, and you are full of it.Crime rates were no higher or lower than any "non border" area.

      December 8, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. justaguy

    I just want to point out that assuming illegal immigrants are all farm workers and busboys is VERY discriminatory of you. You should be ashamed of yourself for your blind judgemental nature.

    December 8, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anise

      Nice try!

      December 9, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. PlayfulDreamer

    So it's okay to break the law as long as you're desperate?

    December 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mulvray

    Grappling-hook baby (noun): a baby thrown over a border fence just after birth in hopes of it gaining citizenship so the rest of the family can come over legally.

    December 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Toobad

    The dictionary should contain an accurate description of the term. If people find it offensive, too bad! That is exactly what these children are, born from irresponsible, criminal parents. Enough of the politically correct crap. Time to call a spade a spade. And by the way, if the illegals find this offensive, I have the perfect solution for them: LEAVE! The sooner the better. Illegals are NOT WANTED here!

    December 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teamosil

      How mad you are at the parents has zero to do with the kids. You can't insult the kids because you hate their parents. The kids are citizens. They have the same right to be here as you do and they did nothing wrong, so leave them out of it.

      December 8, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Terry G

    This is a slap in the face for every immigrant who came in legally and went through the process of becoming a citizen.

    Every illegal should be thrown out and made to come back in legally, and apply for citizenship.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      > "made to come back in legally, and apply for citizenship."

      That is impossible. There is no Path to Legality for them. Their is the only transgression without possible penalty (ie, way to get right with the law). That is the precisely the problem.

      December 10, 2011 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  15. Deiser

    The term isn't making fun of the baby itself but rather focusing on the reason why it was conceived. I have NEVER heard anyone actually insult a kid by calling him an anchor baby, but have seen people say "he is an anchor baby" when explaining why some illegal immigrants have the child even though they may not be able to support the baby. The term simply lets people know that at least part of the reason the parents conceived the child was to gain an "anchor" in the country, without having to say it with such detail.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  16. deb

    Well I can't think of another term that is more fitting for a baby that is conceived and dropped on US soil so the parents can mooch off the social services system for the rest of their and their ANCHOR BABY'S life.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      how about "US citizen"?

      December 13, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  17. drc

    Why is it offensive? It 100% accurately describes the offspring of an ILLEGAL alien. The offspring 'anchors' the family to this country and therefore the family uses the 'we have a US citizen child' so you should not deport us. The fact it offends YOU or anyone else is irrelevant. It offends you because the media tells you it should. Get some tougher skin, if that is offensive to you then you won't make it far in this life. It is not like we are calling them 'instant welfare recipients' and a 'drain to the taxpayer'...we are calling them ANCHOR BABIES which describes accurately what they are. If the parents don't like the term, then don't break our laws. Seems easy to me.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  18. angryblkman

    the U.S. taxpayer can no longer support the millions of illegal aliens and their theft of countless social services. Our communties are turning to third world ghettos, our states are going broke! I understand mexico is a terrible chithole. but we can no longer provide a new homeland because of your failings. fix your failed homeland, fix your own problems. Go home to your own homeland. There is nothing unfair or untrue about this statement! How about helping poor black people instead of illegal aliens who can't manage their own country!

    December 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chicago South Side

      Hey angryblkman, how do you know they are Mexican? Is their research literature available which you can forward to this blog that can prove your statement to be correct? If not, than you and the rest of these evidence-less bloggers sound completely illiterate and should consider advancing your education.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • angryblkman

        so you think there are no illegal aliens mexicans in the U.S.? if you want evidence, walk out your door.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        well, common sense would dictate that they aren't mostly Norwegians, since our Country doesn't share a border w/ Norway.

        But you go ahead & get on your bleeding heart soap box – you go boy!!!

        December 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chicago South Side

        No one wants to hear opinions; we are adults. When we speak we support our stand by presenting evidence-based arguments. Anything less is grade school debate. Just trying to make you appear smarter and everyone else who assumes that all anchor babies come directly from Mexican parents without actual evidence. Just keeping it real, pass the word.

        December 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        I don't have statistics for this either, but I'd be willing to bet that most people who live in Chinatown are of Chinese descent. The point is, you don't have to have hard statistics to make educated logical conclusions about the world around you.

        When your Country borders Mexico & Canada, it can EASILY be extrapolated that most ppl crossing the border illegally are from either of those countries. And history being what it is, the vast majority aren't coming from Canada.

        Your argument makes no sense, but you want to try to make yourself sound intelligent... but then you end all your statements the INCREDIBLY stupid "just keepin it real"...

        well, I'm "just keepin it real" – and in reality, that is where most of the illegals are coming from. But even if they are not – what does it matter? Whether they are from Mexico, Canada, Norway, or Czechoslovakia – if they crossed into our country illegally, they should be deported.

        Simple as that ... just keepin it real, yo

        December 8, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ramon F. Herrera

      > who can't manage their own country!

      Like your ancestors could theirs?

      December 10, 2011 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  19. Chicago South Side

    I am tired of New Yorkers and Californians relocating to my fine town of Chicago and exploiting our fine resources. Starting tomorrow, If you were not born in Chicago please return to your home city/town/etc. This also includes people in the surrounding suburbs of Chicago. If you are too good to not live inside our city premises, don't free load of our entertainment venues and whatnot. Just keeping it real, pass the word.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benjamin Franklin

      You go boy!

      December 8, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deiser

      Terrible analogy, as people who legally move would pay taxes in Chicago. Illegal Immigrants can avoid paying a lot of the taxes and fees that a legal resident would be required to pay, then expect to become legal citizens without going through the same process as everyone else. My parents came to this country legally and worked their asses off to get to the point they're at now, and I have no sympathy for illegal immigrants, especially those who USE their children in order to exploit loopholes.

      December 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Your_Just_A_Moron

      All they have to do num nuts is meet you to want to move. Your the bigest moron I've seen post here yet. A priomary reason for people to hate Chicago.

      December 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  20. peterloks

    this land has always been brown, still is, and always will be. If you dont like it, modern technology can provide for a pretty effective Mayflower2.
    From a political perspective, i find it complacent how these particular settlers are used as scapegoats. wake up peple one politician has more power to do damage than any community of immigrants.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deiser

      Illegal Immigrants are not "settlers", considering there are many immigrants who come here legally to settle. Illegal immigrants just want to ignore the rules that legal immigrants follow and still get everything that legal immigrants earn.

      December 8, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benjamin Franklin

      Good comments fellow!

      December 8, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Woundup

    Anchor baby is an offensive term and it describes the illegals well.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teamosil

      The term doesn't refer to their illegal parents, it refers to the US citizen children.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • A

        They are not US citizens until they pass the citizenship test and pay taxes like everyone else.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Teamosil

        What are you talking about? They were born here. They're citizens.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      Agreed. Thumbs up!

      December 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • woundup

      Then call them "gang stalkers" because that also describes them well also. They only have 90 IQ points and belong to a culture which has no ethics and they have tanked the public school system. You try working with them all day, they run around in packs screaming and complaining and plotting revenge. Theydont fix problems so it's up to us.

      December 8, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  22. 2Sliqq

    No one on this planet has the right to tell someone where they can or can not live.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      that is about the STUPIDEST thing I've ever heard. So provide your address, so that all of us here can move in w/ you, being as you can't tell us where to live.

      Also, so I guess no country has any reason to have border laws, or any laws for that matter?

      I just cannot believe the incredible ignorance in your statement – you're either a troll, using intense sarcasm to make a point, or you're a complete idiot...

      December 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • peterloks

        you know youre lonely when you use words like troll. everyone knows what he means. and that argument has been made before, with alot more premises ofcourse.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • 2Sliqq

        I mis-typed. I should have said: No one on this planet is given the right to tell someone where they can or can not live. And you are quite astute. I am, in fact, intensely sarcastic, incredibly ignoranant, and completely idiotic – but more of a elf/brownie than a troll. I do however, stand by my re-typed statement. (and btw, thanks, peterloks!)

        December 8, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        actually, those who make the laws are "given the right" – that's their job, to make laws, and some of those laws dictate where people can live. For instance, those who are not citizens here cannot live here w/out special visas, etc. Also, there are laws saying you cannot live in a national forest, or on land you do not own w/out the owner's permission, or in the White House.

        If you dont' think that applies, then please take all your belongings, drive to 1600 PA Ave, and tell them you're moving in – after all, no one has the right to tell you where to live, right?

        December 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anchor Baby

      Thanks for completely missing the point. Sure, no one can tell a person where to live, but it is TOTALLY VALID to say "If you're going to live here, there are rules and laws you must follow pertaining to how you become a legal citizen." Am I to assume you believe using an Anchor Baby to get a toe in the door through a loophole is totally legitimate?

      December 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • BooseyBoo

      If your place is better than mine I'll be right over to move in and I expect concierge services.

      December 8, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  23. James

    It's unfortunate the 14th Amendment has been perverted into what it is today. It needs to be changed before we are overrun by offspring of illegal immigrants.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teamosil

      Yeah, that's your real concern isn't it. Getting over run by people with brown skin. Well, guess what, that's your problem and you're going to need to deal with it.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tiff

        "Brown skin people" as you put it, are not the only ones coming here illegally.. Thousands of others come here every day from Europe and Asia through Canada. This is not a race issue

        December 8, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Darren

        Two things you may have noticed if you weren't so ignorant... 1) He did not say anything about BROWN people. 2) He DID say something about ILLEGAL.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • Benjamin Franklin

        Keep it brown; not well done!

        December 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benjamin Franklin

      I am it will be changed when you win the presidency of the USA. When are you running for office? Now is the time! You can take office from Obaba; go for it!

      December 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  24. n2it

    Nothing remains the same except for change itself. Our language is a fine example. I never heard of "Black Friday", or "Cyber Monday" before, let alone "Anchor Babys". I guess maybe I'm getting a little old for all of these new terms?

    December 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  25. claire

    So sorry, but that's exactly what it is. You come here illegally and give birth to a child to have something to anchor you to this country. Sorry, but that IS an anchor baby. Get over it, or start coming here legally like others from every other country do.

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

      It's a slur used to insult the children for the acts of their parents. That's what the problem is. You don't insult children for things their parents did, you just don't. That's not even a political position, that's just common decency.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Jeff

    I think that a dictionary should be objective with its definitions. Inserting words that define a word as disparaging takes that away. Just because a word can be and is used in a disparaging manner does not mean that the dictionary has to reflect that. It's entirely possible to describe a person as an anchor baby in a completely factual and objective manner. The fact that some people are offended by it is moot.

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

      There are many, many other words and phrases in the dictionary that are more offensive that this. The dictionary should definitely be objective.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • newt

        The phrase is used in a derogatory way; stating that is being in the definition is being entirely objective. Omitting it would be otherwise.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • PlayfulDreamer

      Excellent points. What does the dictionary say about "gay," "teabag," or "retarded" on this matter? Are they asterisked with a special note?

      December 8, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mr. N.

        Yes, they are. Why do you think they're also doing it in this case?

        December 8, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Mark

    Funny, people are offended by it for the sole reason that it is an accurate term.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Teamosil

    There is nothing more unamerican than the idea that one person is inferior to another person just because of who their parents were. The notion cuts against the very core of what this country is all about. The very first words ever written by an American citizens were "we hold these truths to be self evident- that all men are created equal". If you aren't even willing to follow the line of reasoning that created this country all the way through the first sentence of it, then you have no business telling anybody else they don't belong here, that's for sure.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • PlayfulDreamer

      One would argue you should be a citizen for the laws governing citizenship to apply.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Teamosil

        That doesn't make sense. You can't be a citizen before the laws of citizenship are applied to you... If that were the rule nobody would be a citizen.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • PlayfulDreamer

      Said another way, our laws apply to citizens first. Do American laws guarantee Mexican nationals anything? No. Do they guarantee French nationals? No. International laws do, certainly–which I believe we support–but non-citizens are not the same as a citizen. That is why we designate a difference at all.

      I'm sorry people coming into this country illegally and being treated accordingly bothers you, but that's how things work here. Either lobby to change the laws (unlikely) or move somewhere with more open borders. Oh, that's right, you'll be hard-pressed to find a more liberal border than our own.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anise

        That's actually not true...a French tourist who got arrested would be read Miranda rights and all that. If you believe in your ideals, you apply them universally. It would seem pretty master-race-ish to say Americans get these rights, everyone else is a serf and shall be treated like dirt. Careful.

        December 9, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      it is the height of ignorance & arrogance to equate the demand that our laws be followed to that of being "inferior."

      NONE of the pro-illegal arguments make sense, common, or logical. It's all filled w/ emotional rhetoric, to inspire pity, empathy, and sadness.

      But when you cut through all the emotionally charged rhetoric like "we're ALL people," you should understand that these people willingly broke the law. Just as any action, there are consequences (either good or bad). And the consequences for breaking the law of illegally crossing the border is (well, SHOULD be) immediate deportation.

      Just because our incompetent, corrupt Gov refuses to enforce said laws doesn't make them any less real.

      I could just as easily say "well, I robbed this bank because I felt I needed to "better myself" and my family" – if you replace "robbed this bank" with "crossed the border illegally" – it is EXACTLY the same act of open defiance & rebellion of the law!! You could also replace it w/ "sold these drugs" or any of a myriad of illegal activities!!

      So, would you be so forgiving if I robbed a bank? How about if I robbed you at gunpoint? How about if I sold drugs to your child & he OD'd on them? Would you be OK w/ it if I was just doing it to "better my life?"

      If not, then you are nothing but a pandering, double-standard, HYPOCRITE!!

      December 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Tiff

    No one is picking on babies.. the definition is really about ho whorrid the parents are for using there children as pawns

    December 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teamosil

      Then insult the parents, not their children. Why are you guys struggling with this?

      December 8, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      "Anchor Parents" AKA I don't know how to follow the legal process of becoming a US citizen.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Frank

    There are three housefuls, and I mean FULL, of admitted illegal Mexicans – one at the end of my block and two around the corner. It startd with the one at the end of the block. At first it was quiet, then "cousins" moved in. They have made it plain they are staying here, Catholic Social Services is helping them, they came here because they knew they would get the same services and benefits as Americans and now have anchor babies (their words) so they won't have to leave. When they woik they work construction and hotel/motel services. The cops are at these houses at least twice a week for things like public disturbances, fights, once several males chasing each other around swinging ball bats and machetes, urinating out of windows of the house, it smells like a latrine, drunkeness, theft, one stole all the wiindows and doors out of his former residence to use in his new residence, over population of a premises, the noise, arguments, yelling, trash and junk auto parts strewn around, and we have to put up with it. To hear Catholic Social Services and several Mexican, Latino, and Hispanic support and open border groups they just came here to make a better life for themselves and their families. That is true of some, some come here to make enough money to go home and start a business, its also true there are many who come here and don't know how to live in this country; have no intention of changing – they bring their country with them. This was once a quiet, clean blue collar working class neighborhood. Now its rapidly becoming a slum because people moved away, landlords bought their homes, rent to just anyone with first and last months rent, then it takes three monts to evict them. When they leave the property is a wreck inside and out, and it starts all over again with the next batch – some sent with Section 8 Housing subsidy. When this housing mess levels out just a little more I'm selling.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  31. PlayfulDreamer

    What I love about this issue (illegal immigration), is that it seems to be one of the few issues where the left and the right generally come together.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anomic Office Drone

      While both sides seem to agree that it's a problem, their solutions to the problem tend to be very different. The only thing they really have in common is using illegal immigration to get votes then doing nothing about it once it once in office.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • PlayfulDreamer

        I'll agree to that slant. It's just nice to have both sides standing on the same ground, regardless of how they would go about fixing it. Having that commonality is the first step toward a solution, and it's a shame more of the problems we face aren't seen the same way.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Teamosil

    They aren't illegal... They're US citizens. This is their home. They've never even been in another country...

    December 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • drc

      Their parents can go home (the illegal ones) and leave their darling anchor babies (ie expense to the taxpayers) if they so opt to. Btw, they are ONLY legal because the 14-amendment is mis-interpreted. Go read the amendment, and report back where it says ANYWHERE in there an illegal alien's offspring is an instant citizen. IT DOES NOT, the amendment was put in place to deal with the offspring of slaves who were stateless. IT should not be applied to law breaking illegal aliens who have a 'state' the state being the country they came from. PERIOD.

      This should go to the supreme court, there is no law that needs to be changed, the existing laws need to be interpreted properly which of course with the ACLU and every other nut job organization won't happen.

      Sorry, send the parents HOME and they are no longer anchor babies. The babies can stay and be adopted by US families and the parents who are illegal can go home then they are not anchor babies. They are simply children born to illegal aliens that the illegals were kicked out of the country for breaking our laws and their kids were left behind. Does that make you feel better?

      December 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • frank

      I think they were suggesting that the mother of the anchor baby, which by definition is illegal, go home and have their child at home.

      December 8, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • ColoradoAnnie

      I don't think augustghost was referring to the child but the parents. Anchor baby is more of a slam against the adults who come here to drop a baby (like an anchor) so it will be an automatic citizen. Kind of like calling someone an SOB is not really insulting that person but that person's mother.

      December 8, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Len

    This has nothing to do with innocent babies. 90% of other countries in the world would never consider allowing this. For one, our tax system just can't support it . These people are trying to stay citizens of their country while enjoying the benefits of being an American system. There is a difference between diplomatic immunity (which some claim) and coming across the border illegally. When parents do this, it is planned. Any other crime that is planned out that much in advance has the book thrown at them here. If these parents think they can't be adequate parents, they should put the child up for adoption until they become citizens or allow their child to have a better life as an American citizen.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teamosil

      All the stuff about illegal immigration is completely irrelevant. These kids didn't immigrate anywhere. This is where they were born and they are US citizens. You're insulting the children, not the parents. If you want to insult somebody who immigrated illegally, insult the parents.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • AngelicaS

      We don't agree with you Teamosil- It has nothing to do with insulting children, but rather, accuratley describing the motivation of the lawbreaking illegal foreign national parents.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teamosil

      Angelica, don't be ridiculous. If you want to talk trash about the parents, fine, but leave their kids out of it. You're not fooling anybody.

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

      And, I 'm not trying to fool anyone, unlike you. What you're doing is trying to ascribe a motivation that does not exist. While the vast majority of people posting here understand that the term refers to the motivation of the parents in seeking to be perpetually tethered to the United States by virtue of their American citizen children, you are incapable of comprehending this distinction. Everyone can certainly right through to your own motivations as well!

      December 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teamosil

      Angelica, I'm sure you can come up with a way to express your hate for the parents without attaching a demeaning label to the children...

      December 8, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Len

    I find it funny how people are saying everyone here is anchor babies. That is not the case, especially if you know anything about colonial law and the laws back when we could have been 'anchor babies'. *rolls eyes*. Becoming a US citizen today is much easier than it was in the past. People waited decades to get their green cards and go through the proper process of becoming citizens. As well, there was no problem sending children and parents back to their own country, with the child still having US dual citizenship. If you are going to comment about the past, it may be nice to open a history book.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • layo24

      Still hasn't changed, people still wait that long. It just depends on what type of entry you are making.

      Shorter times for immediate family members: spouses and children
      Increasingly longer times as you go from extended family to employment based.

      Get your facts straigth, still the same.

      Also people who are born here typically don't know squat about how messed up the "legal system" of immigration is. Actually it isn't a system- when you come to think of it- just red tape

      December 8, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  35. AngelicaS

    We should eliminate illegal foreign nationals and their offspring from America -but the term "anchor baby"- which accuratley describes the motivation of the parents in seeking to be tethered through their children to the U.S. - stays!

    December 8, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benjamin Franklin

      Yes, and with that name, you will be the first one to go!

      December 8, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Anchor Baby

    I am an Anchor baby. My Parents eventualy became US citizens because of me. I am serving in the Armed Forces as an Officer after receiving a military scholarship. I gave up my dual citizenship to be an american. Do you want me to leave also? After I decided to serve this country protecting you?
    We are all Immigrants. Remember, the Europeans came and took this Land from the Native Americans. We are all immigrants or a decendant of an immigrant.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • PlayfulDreamer

      There's a difference between being a legal immigrant and an illegal one. I'm tired of the historical argument. No group of people on the planet is innocent of anything, but I sure as hell know I, personally, didn't take land from anyone. If being born here is the standard we're applying to citizenship, then I have just as much right to call American home as any Native American. Thank you for your service.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • abnguy

      No one is asking citizens or immigrants to leave, We only ask the criminal illegal immigrants to leave and let the people who respect our laws and country stay.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • siannya

      Thank you for your service!!!

      December 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • faustus1500

      I guess technically I am an "Anchor Baby" as well. My parents had green cards but eventually became US citizens after a number of years.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Deiser

        You're missing the point of the term. "Anchor Baby" implies that part of the reason they had you to begin with was to give them the possibility to gain citizenship when normally that chance would be low or nonexistent otherwise. As such, it is mainly used for illegal citizens because green-card holders can get citizenship normally with or without conceiving a child in the country.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Nothing against you. Thanks for serving and becoming an American. However, you parents broke the law. They should have been deported. And, yes, most Americans came from somewhere else. Until recently most of us or our ancestors cam in LEGALLY! I did not get ahead of the line and got wet crossing the Rio Grande. I did it legally and waited my turn.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • They should call is baby investment???

        Yes, Mike his parents broke the law...He had no say in it what so ever, so don't you think it is a little offensive to call him an anchor baby. Hasn't he at this point has every right, more than me or you even, to call him self a US Citizen? but a dictionary defines him as a anchor baby so don't you think that is a little offensive???

        December 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tiff

      When my ancestors came and "took land" there was no such thing as the United States. We were still a British colony. My ancesotrs fought for our laws and rights. Thank you for your service and for being a full fledged citizen, but that does not make what your parents did right. They used you like a pawn in a chess game and broke the laws that you are now sworn to protect!
      Do I think this country needs immigration reform? OH YES! but until then, I want all people here held to the same standard. I don't get to choose which laws I want to follow and no one else should either. As far as the issue of Amnesty? That has been offered and given a number of times in my life time which is only 34 years. At this point, if you are illegal, you either came here after the amnesty so shame on you OR you were lazy and did not apply so we don;t want you.. lazy=go home.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • drc

      We are all LEGAL immigrants. Sorry, that does not excuse your parents KNOWINGLY breaking the laws of a sovereign country. With that said do tell us the name of the country of the 'native americans' you speak of? As I recall from history there was no country then, there was tribes that had 'some land' but they were in general nomadic. Additionally there were also battles where guess what, as happens in war what land they had was 'taken'. This is how many countries from ALL over the world came about. The fact you want to erase the history of 'this country' speaks volumes, it may not be a pretty past but few are.

      Btw, while I thank you for your service you also had 18 years as an anchor baby where let me guess, your parents took all the Government handouts they could at the expense of the tax-payer? So how much did we the taxpayer foot to make sure you were raised and educated? I would say you serving in the armed forces just about covers that expense.

      Good day.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • layo24

      "I don't get to choose which laws I get to keep or break"
      Give me a break. I don't support illegal immigration because the path is audious for people who are legally trying to become citizens and permant residents and are sticking with it but I think it's pure hypocricy to get on your high horse like you never break any laws.

      If you want to get technical about it- just think about one day you haven't broken a single law (and that included driving over the speed limit and jay walking)

      December 8, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • KS

      I'm not an immigrant. My ancestors were dragged here against their wills kicking and screaming.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benjamin Franklin

      Anchor Baby–Thank you for your service. Thank you for keeping us all safe here at home! You belong here; your parents belong here! God bless this great country! We are not going anywhere! I will give my life for this country anytime and I know you will too! Thank you!

      December 8, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  37. PlayfulDreamer

    Crossing the border illegally–for any reason–is offensive. Oh, and nice cropping on the photo to highlight "racism" on the poster. Hoping for some subconscious imprinting, CNN?

    December 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • SnarkasticallyDelicious

      *LIKE*

      December 8, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Goobersmooches

    Anchor baby is accurate.I see nothing wrong with it.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  39. TiredOf Illegals

    Too frickin' bad! I find "illegals' here in the USA offensive. So what are we gonna do about that huh?

    December 8, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • HT

      Don't buy cheap groceries or use them for cheap labor, but as long as there is lazy citizens, than you'll always have them. Become an entrepreneur start for example a construction company but only hire citizens, you will have to pay 3-4 times that of an illegal immigrant, your prices will also need to be 3-4 times higher, but your hook to bigot consumers like your self will be, only citizens work for me, & see how long that lasts, truth of the matter is as long you keep enjoying affordable prices, you will help illegal immigration.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • snuffyandmerlin

      Ship them all home. We do not need them. Stop having kids here and making us take care of them.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • cupcake

      If the parents aren't legal, the anchor babies shouldn't be legal either. Send them ALL home.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • abnguy

      HT...good idea, all products and services in the US should be labeled whether illegal labor was used in the construction of the product or service and let the consumer decide.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Hmm

    I never heard that term before. Thanks CNN. Originally I pictured a baby leading a national news broadcast until i opened the story up.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Len

      So...what rock did you live under?

      December 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Hmm

        I guess I pay too much attention to cnn news. Actually I'm married to a naturalized citizen and you'd think I might have heard such a term. Before we got married my wife was adamantly concerned with getting her citizenship before getting married so that no one would acccuse her of marrying me for it, etc. There weren't many terms for that and since then we are out of the loop except for being against illegally immigrating here. I do know most of the main derogatory terms in our country. I think the term is on the order of calling someone a "mistake" for being born many years after their next sibling. People 'innocently' poke fun at each other with that term. Anchor baby does seem to describe what some folks do to get into our system much easier than going through the proper channels as directed by the law.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Really?

    Anchor baby is not offensive, it's accurate. The only reason it has been deemed offensive is because there are a few key morons who felt it was offensive, and now they are spreading that notion to everyone else.

    I think we should completely do away with anchor baby laws. If we did that, then I bet the amount of illegals crossing various borders to have children in the country would drop drastically.

    I love the responses of some people; "Then everyone is an anchorbaby of sorts"... BS, I know for a fact that both of my grandparents who were originally born in other countries came across legally and did everything by the book.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Yes – but if your grandparents wanted to immigrate today- would they still be able to? Does it seem fair that we let in your grandparents- and then essentially shut the gate?

      December 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • jpm

        Sure, it's fair. The government and citizens at that time decided they wanted immigrants. A country is allowed to change is laws and policies if it wishes. There are many things which were allowed back then, but not now.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Len

      Actually, yes...yes they would. People wait years to become a citizen and many offices go out of there way to help people who are in this country. It is much easier today to become a citizen than it was in the 1900s to 1960s. The difference is that no one talks about the years people waited to GET their green card and come here.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • They should call is baby investment???

        Actully, you are wrong it is much harder today...

        parents of anchor babies would need to wait 18 years, until the baby turns 18 to sponser the parents at which point the parents will get an automatic ban for 10 years. Than another year for processing...so that is 29 years of waiting. there is also the possiability that if anytime during this 29 year the parents did something wrong, crime, not paying taxes, reciving goverment benfits with flase ID, flase claim of us citizenship, than it is a lifetime ban and they will never get there citizenship.

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

        When my ancestors came here, there were no immigration restrictions. They just purchased a ticket on a boat leaving England and got off in New York- no paperwork, no questions, no quotas. (I am glad that your grandparents immigrated legally btw) But I do think the current laws have essentially "shut the gate" on many would-be-legal immigrants. The quotas are so restrictive that unless you have a PhD, or excessive amounts of money, you can never hope to come here legally. It is unfortunate, because much of the strong economic growth in early America came from immigrants.

        The quote on the Statue of Liberty say "give me your tired and your poor who are yearning to be free" but that sure isn't our motto anymore.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • layo24

        Bloody hell, you all are so clueless- it is much harder, I should know- I'm currently waiting legally to become a citizen

        December 8, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • layo24

        and oh- it's been 10 yrs and counting

        December 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • They should call is baby investment???

      Please explain to me how the term is "accurate", do you even know the rules and laws as to how one can become a citizen? or how long it will take?

      I find it offensive, that you brianless a holes, trunly belive that this whole Anchor baby is ture, please use some common sense and a little bit of searching and you will see how stupid this whole thing sounds.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • SilentBoy741

        As the close friend of a Mexican immigrant who came to this country – legally – and her parents, who brought her to the U.S. – legally – and all became U.S. citizens – legally, I *do* know what the rules are, and how long it takes. And she uses the term "anchor baby". Because for those who come to this country – illegally – it *is* accurate.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Danko Ramone

      It IS offensive, in that it is a term applied to the babies of LEGAL immigrants as well, by those people who see people of another ethnicity with a baby, and assume them to be illegal.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benjamin Franklin

      Please ask the American Indians, if the people who almost exterminated them were anchored or not! Ask the Spanish if they were anchored when they killed the native peoples, Aztecs, Mayans, Incas, etc.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • faustus1500

        Ask the buffalo, when the immigrants crossed the Bering Strait they stuck around because of their "anchor babies."

        December 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tiff

        The spanish killed the Myans and Aztecs because they were of Catholic faith and the Myans and Aztecs were engaged in paegan rituals and human sacrafices...

        December 8, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      Dave, your point is moot. Even if the answer to your question is "No", that doesn't change the legality of what people are doing now to get to the U.S.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  42. abnguy

    I am highly offended. There is no reason we should not pay to deport the child with the parents. If the child wishes to return upon majority come on back.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Raven66

    What, I find offensive is the FACT that the parents of these children, are here illegally and when they have children, we the CITIZENS and TAXPAYERS, are forced to pay the medical bills and support these children, when many among us can not afford healthcare/health insurance for ourselves and our families.

    AMEND the 14th Amendment to do away with "ANCHOR BABIES" period. Grant citizenship to children born in this country only to those who's parents are in the country legally.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • cupcake

      Yes!!!!

      December 8, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Richard Head

    Did these morons forget about how we brought thousands of Mexican workers into the US for 22 years to pick our crops? They had children here, and their children are US citizens. There is no crime, nor should there be for this. The Mexicans are still Mexicans, but their children had no choice as their parents were asked to do a job that American's would/could not do.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      fine... then deport their parents.

      They have a choice -either go w/ their parents, or stay here w/out them... Life is about choices, and actions have consequences. That SHOULD be the consequences of the parents breaking our country's laws.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anise

      The right can't make up its mind. They're pro-life, but they don't want Mexicans and other immigrants from Central and South America (many of whom are practicing Catholics, hence the lack of birth control), who are only here because they're fleeing desperate poverty, to have the comforts of family when God blesses THEM with a child.

      Can you imagine being so desperate that you would crawl through dirt, swim/wade across a river and run through a desert, hoping you were carrying enough food and water on your back to make it? No, no you can't. Apparently, nor can you respect any faith but American bourgeois Christianity, which somehow gets away with overlooking Jesus' constant pleas to reach out to the less fortunate, help the poor, embrace supposed enemies, etc.

      Legal immigration for unskilled workers is extremely limited. If you're already well-to-do, you can get into the US. If you're poor and need to learn a trade and want to work your way up from the bottom, which is theoretically the American dream (right?), it is VERY hard to enter this country legally.

      Illegal immigration is what you get when your laws don't match the ideals you project to the world. Either we believe everyone is created equal and deserves an equal shot, or we don't. The idea that only people who are American by an accident of birth are somehow more equal than any other human doesn't make any sense.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  45. tbone

    sometimes the truth hurts. illegal immigrant and anchor baby are not meant to make everyone feel good and all tingly inside. They are accurate terms.

    If you dont want to be an illegal immigrant or anchor baby take it up with your parents. They are the problem not the United States.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Laura

    I love how everyone is all up in arms, talking smack, saying "they're presence in our country offends me," or something to that degree. Why don't you all just take a moment and realize how flattering it is that they want to come here. I get that our country is in shambles and that there are people that take advantage of the system and all that jazz... But sometimes you have to just take a step back and remember that discrimination is a dangerous path. Sure reform of our immigration system needs to happen, but don't hate these people. They are just people looking for a better life, and it is beautiful that they believe they can find it here.

    December 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Why yes, we should be "honored" that there are those who wish to break our laws, take our jobs, cost BILLIONS in OUR tax money... gee, I never thought of it that way!!

      I guess I'll go out & rob a bank, then if I get caught, I should tell the the bank that they should be THANKFUL that I thought enough of their branch that I chose THEM to rob – I mean, I could've just robbed ANY old bank, but I liked theirs enough to honor them w/ my presence!!!!! (ROLLS EYES)

      December 8, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      You don't "get" anything. They are nothing but service sucking parasites. Name any country in the West where I can go and have all my needs met. There are none. We cannot afford to support the tens of millions who shoud not be here to begin with. Even calderon does not want them. The pc garbage is offensive.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doodad

      Hey Laura,
      How about I move my family into your house so we can admire everything you have. It won't matter to us if your life may be in shambles or even if you're on the verge of bankruptcy, we just want to better ourselves.
      It would sure be great for us, since you're already paying for everything ! ! And if it all works out, we'll send money home so the rest of the family can come and start their families too ! !

      December 8, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  47. GFre

    LOL takes one to know one pal

    December 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Rob

    so "anchor baby" offends you, but spewing this vile vitriol: "...have found time to stop fu**ing your sisters and cousins to post ignorant comments." seems to be OK w/ you & is NOT offensive?

    The hypocrisy & double-standards of the looney left cretins is AMAZING!!

    December 8, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  49. HT

    There taking ourrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr jobsss! jjajjajjaj

    December 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Head

      So, you are saying that you will pick fruit for $5.00/HR. You are a moron

      December 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Fletch

    Look, dude, this isn't about ignorance or bigotry. This is about money, and this about public safety. People are fed up with it, dEither you are an illegal immigrant yourself or you don't live in a border state. That's the only way you could have the gall to make such a blanket, uninformed statement. Bottom line is that

    December 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fletch

      Oops, hit the post button on accident.

      Bottom line is that people being fed up doesn't make the ignorant or bigoted. One could argue that your rude, blanket statement about anti-illegal immigrant people and your choice to back illegal immigrants over legal citizens would be considered ignorant and bigoted.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Iris

    Someone asked if anyone thought the name “anchor baby” was offensive. Well, I do. I find it offensive. And I am an American citizen. As a matter of fact, I wasn’t even born in this country. My Father was military, and was stationed overseas when my parents had me. My Mother is not a citizen, but she is here legally. I have dual citizenship. I have lived here almost my whole life. I speak two languages fluently. When speaking to me, you wouldn’t even know that English was my second language. So, YES, anyone who has common sense KNOWS that that term is used to offend someone.

    You guys are tired of Mexicans crossing the border and having babies here? I’m tired of ignorant people always assuming that when the word “illegal” is said, they are AUTOMATICALLY Mexican. I am tired of some (I said some) of you bashing Hispanic people just because you hate Mexicans. I’m also tired of hearing how we pay out so much money to the “foreigners” and “illegals”, and yet, we have lazy Americans who are too good to flip a burger, pick fruit, or clean a toilet. WHERE is the bashing in that? Where are the questions that some of our own don’t even want to help themselves, and MOOCH off of us, and yet, you want to hate the brown skinned person who came here to pick fruit and get paid chump change to send home to their families.

    You people want to hate Mexicans, well then, you need to hate yourself then. And just to clarify to some of you, because Im sure it’s coming, I’m not Mexican.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teamosil

      Yeah. The thing I hear a lot on discussion boards is along the lines of "I see illegal immigrants everywhere"... Obviously they have no way to know if the people they're passing on the street are citizens or legal permenant residents or here on visas or what. What they really mean is "I see hispanic people everywhere". That's what actually is upsetting them.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Iris

        Teamosil, EXACTLY. How do some of you know that people are here illegally? I heard one lady defining that someone was here illegally because they were speaking Spanish. Seriously? Some of you are so obtuse it scares me.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • WDinDallas

      It is not offensive. It is the truth. This politically correct stuff has gone to far. They are as illegal as their parents. Article 1of the 14th amendment should have expired 50 years after the civil war.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Teamosil

    I mean, seriously Republicans. At some point your basic common decency must be kicking in, right? Whatever your political views, obviously you know insulting innocent children is wrong. You don't go around insulting babies in your real life and if you did, whoever you were with would slap you right across the face. It's not like you don't know it is wrong, so cut it out.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. N.

      Easy there! I agree with you, except the part about "Republicans." I am a Republican, and I am not the only one in the party who thinks the term is disgusting. The average republican is decent and moral, just like the average anything. I do however, dislike how the party of Lincoln is being taken over by extremists.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Teamosil

        Fair point. I should not draw all Republicans with the same brush. By all means, they aren't all like that.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Annexian

    The PC vampire needs a steak pounded into it's heart.

    Uh, shall we ban the term "usury" then because it could be used for "Usurious JEW"?

    It's a term for any illegal immigrant and any legal but "Work Visa/Tourist Visa" whatever issue and it's a real term used by people.

    Heh, do you know that "Moron, Cretin, and Imbecile" are actual medical terms? But then those got offensive and they went to "Retarded and Vegetative". Then those were offensive and they went to "Special and NonResponsive". Now it's "Exceptional and Pillow ANGEL!?"

    December 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  54. .

    The term "dumpster baby" however is just hilarious

    December 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Mr. N.

    No they won't. Mexico has Jus Soli, or birthright citizenship, just like the US, so the situation would be exactly the same. Please read a little bit before spewing so much ignorance, mmmkay?

    December 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Lara

    Saying that you'd rather have these people come here and try to better themselves then some of the 'hicks' in the country that do nothing is completely naive and a little broad. Who's to say all these people are coming to this country to better themselves and work hard? Did you ever think they simply hopped the border because our country will pay their welfare way for life, and their country won't? I've lived in towns with large minority populations, and while many of them worked, many of the families they crammed into single family homes stayed home making babies or selling drugs for cash. Don't blanket all these illegals as 'hard working', and don't be so quick to right off your own, and legal, fellow man.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teamosil

      Again, the children you are insulting never went anywhere or hopped any border, so your whole post is irrelevant to the discussion.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. N.

      The majority are hard working. Would you blanket all Americans as druggies because some do drugs? Attempting to justify bigotry by highlighting the exception and downplaying the rule is both innefective, and disgusting.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tom

        Hardworking does ot belog in the same sentence with illegals. They are service sucking parasites, constantly extending their collective middle finger at this country. It costs tens of billions every year to support these vile people.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mr. N.

        No Tom, they are not. Do some reseach. Most pay taxes, and do contribute to society. Last time economists were polled, something like 70% agreed that illegal immigration had a net positive contribution to the economy. Read and research for yourself. Don't be lazy and take the politicians' spin on it, because politicians only want your vote, not the truth.

        December 8, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  57. pattana

    Why is this offensive if it is true?

    December 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teamosil

      You're using the wrongs of the parent to insult their child who did nothing wrong... It's like if you came up with a term for "child of a poor person" and went around yelling it at kids who grew up poor...

      December 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • AngelicaS

        No- Teamosil- Ithe term anchor baby describes (accuratley) the motivation behind the lawbreaking parents.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Teamosil

        Angelica: So what? Why are you insulting babies about things their parents did? Obviously you know that is morally wrong and illogical, right?

        December 8, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Grewt Ningrich

        I think the word you're searching for here is "Democrat".

        December 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • RainyAlaska

        No, it's an accurate description. And I really don't think people are pointing to young children on the street shouting out "Anchor Baby, anchor baby" from their porches. The only place I've ever heard it used was in the news besides I don't think it's an insult. How is it insulting? Those children anchor their families in this country when they otherwise would not be able to stay here legally. Simple fact.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • AngelicaS

        No. Teamosil- I don't agree with your characterization of an insult at all. It's a description of the motivation of the parents to be anchored to the United States. It's not an insult to the childrren or otherwise. It's a description of the parents' motivation- which motivation is insulting- but the accurate description of it as such is not. We are still allowed to describe things accurately in America!

        December 8, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Iris

        I agreewith you, Teamosil.I have heard that term growing up, and it has ALWAYS been used in context to offend. Some of you don’t see it that way, because you already have hate in your hearts for these illegals, so the term doesn’t offend you. It just fuels your ignorance. Even the spokesperson said, they corrected it NOT because people were upset over it, but because it was wrong. So there, argue with him. Oh yeah, that’s right, you won’t. He’s probably not Mexican

        December 8, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  58. binky42

    Of course it's an offensive term. It's supposed to be.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  59. humtake

    What's the big deal with anchor babies? So they are citizens...that doesn't mean their parents are. Put the kid in a foster home and deport the parents. Wow, that was easy.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Corvus1

      Tell me you're joking and you are not saying in all seriousness that it is "easy" to just rip families apart. Or maybe you're just a racist a ss and just see anyone who isn't white as sub-human.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • GFre

      Well said

      December 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Yeah right. Our foster care system is already overloaded.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Alex

    Whats offensive about anchor babies? If anything there should be billed named after it.

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

      Great idea! Run for office and make it happen. Act; do something about it. Be part of the solution.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Rob

    it's SUPPOSED to be offensive!! How about those who break our Country's laws by crossing the border illegally, then accessing social services only meant for actual citizens?

    That, to me, is MUCH more "offensive"...

    December 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teamosil

      How can you justify attacking innocent children, who have done nothing wrong, are US citizens, and have never been to another country because of your feelings about their parents? Obviously they have no control over what their parents did before they were born... Is this one of those things where you consider them genetically inferior or something?

      December 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        Teamosil – there's a VERY simple solution to them NOT being offended by the term – LEAVE OUR COUNTRY!!! DEPORT ALL ILLEGALS NOW!!

        There – problem solved!!

        December 8, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Teamosil

        Rob, they aren't illegal. Focus man. They're US citizens.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        Their parents are... and they are abusing a loophole in our laws... thus, that's EXACTLY why the term "anchor baby" has been coined.

        If you're upset at "Wall Street" abusing loopholes in the taxation & banking laws, then you should be JUST AS UPSET at those who abuse loopholes in our citizenship laws.

        Otherwise, you're nothing but a HYPOCRITE!!

        December 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jugger

        We should give all of these "anchor babies" dual citizenship with the United States and their parents' home countries. Then send the parents back to their home country with the child. Then when the child is of legal age to take care of itself, live independently (18 or so) and be a contributing member of society, it can move back to the United States as a citizen. Problem solved.

        December 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • phoenix39

      But that's what they are....anchor...babies. They anchor themselves and their illegal parents to the United States.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChrisSeattle

      Exactly. Isn't stealing from the American taxpayer more offensive. They are just trying to deflect the true nature of their crime. That coming here illegally and demanding services, money (and not to mention that everyting now has to be in Spanish) is the real offense. Every illegal that takes anything from the American taxpayer (like 600 million annually in LA country to the children of illegals) is a slap in the face to the sovereign power of the United States.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Teamosil

        It doesn't matter which is more offensive. You're insulting the children, not the people whose actions you find offensive.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Teamosil

    There were some ancient cultures that held children responsible for the crimes of their parents, but no nation has done that for hundreds of years. Some people credit Christianity with wiping out that practice in the middle east. It's universally seen as a ridiculous and backwards idea. But it seems that some on the right would like to restore the practice... It's just baffling to me.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • humtake

      Who's trying to blame the child? The child can stay in America, the parents need to be deported. Not sure how that means we are blaming the child?

      December 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Teamosil

        You think coming up with slurs to describe these children isn't blaming the child? What?

        December 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • conrad

        Separating children from their parents in the name of arbitrary immigration laws in an act of hatred.

        December 9, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  63. jj

    These aren't 'innocent children' being offended, but the American public. I find it offensive that someone can fly into or walk to this country and give birth to an Citizen. They surely aren't coming here for better hospitals. They are coming here for citizenship. And they know they will be less likely to be sent home if they stay here with the child.
    Most of us aren't heartless creatures, and we truly have issues of families being torn apart, of kids who have lived here their whole lives and know no other life, being sent back. But it wasn't us that brought them here.
    And the Asians and Arabs who fly in for 2 weeks, to have a kid? Reason enough to get rid of the instant citizenship!

    December 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • HIstory X

      Lets not forget who the first immigrants to this country were, and what they did to the real natives of this land. That makes us all anchor babys in a sense

      December 8, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • cupcake

        I guess the country might as well go completely bankrupt and end in a way similar to how it started, then. Just keep paying for illegals and their kids, while the country goes to hell. Every civilization came and went, it's not like we will last forever.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Danny

    I'd rather have these hard working families come here to try to make a better life for their families, than some of our 4th, 5th or greater generation of so called Americans that do nothing but drink moonshine, chew skoal and watch NASCAR from their state bought double wide.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • TruthHurtz85

      Well said!

      December 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Rick101

    Sounds like an accurate definition to me, and the child is born a US Citizen with all of the inherent rights that each of us enjoy. People need to accept that.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Henry Miller

    The term isn't offensive. The practice, however, is.

    The fourteenth amendment needs revision.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Mr. Know It All

    We don't care if you are offended or not. If you don't like it go home!

    December 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  68. firehorseme

    Isen't the Mayor of Los Angeles an anchor baby?

    December 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lucy's Mom

      Yes! His illegal alien agenda is clear.....govern to help those that are illegally while taking from American taxpayers. Los Angeles is a mismanaged, illegal alien dominated, "third world" city.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Mike

    The only thing offensive about this is the fact that the editor backed down and "corrected" his definition. It was absolutely perfect as originally written.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  70. DeeNYC

    Just call them what they are "sneaky parent babies". Same people that complain about how horrible america is run over here to take advantage of our good will.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. N.

      Really, the same people? Care to back that up? 'Cause I tell you what, I know a lot of hispanics (legal and illegal), along with immigrants from other places, and have yet to hear from any of them things that are decidedly negative of the US.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      And US companies don't take advantage of them? They take terrible pay, terrible hours, and terrible working conditions. Jobs that legal Americans won't touch. Do you realize that many stuff 15 people in a small one bedroom apartment and merely live to work? Do you see many illegal workers driving fancy cars? Typically, it's a beaten down truck. They aren't exactly living it large over here.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • RainyAlaska

        Then why the hell do they keep coming? Stay home and spend all that "hard work" fixing your own country. Why come here where you're a criminal for sneaking in the country? More than 1/2 a million people come into this country illegally every year. Think about what an impact 1/2 million people working just as hard to improve their country as they do to get into this country illegally.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • S

        Yes, I do see them driving decent vehicles, and cashing in food stamps, and getting completely free medical care for them, their spawn, and their family. I also see them working jobs I would LOVE to have (around here, many work at a beef plant that pays them $15 an hour starting....I had to beg to get and $8 an hour job with an undergraduate degree). So this "oh poor them" crap needs to go.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • SilentBoy741

        So your point is that they live in squalor in Mexico, come to the U.S., then propagate that squalor here? And this is a good thing to you?

        December 8, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  71. josh

    John – I just wish we didnt have to "see them'!

    December 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Ace

    Anchor Baby isn't offensive.
    The fact that these people illegally invaded our country and think that having children here will solidify their right to stay is offensive. I live in a neighborhood where you can just drive down the street and see 4-5 anchor babies with their mother on any given day. They have no fear whatsoever because they think because their kids were born here that now the whole family is legit. I have no problems with the kids because it's not their fault, but any illegals pulling this crap needs to be shipped out, along with their children. And congress needs to get off their high horses and close the loopholes that these illegals are exploiting.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • MakeEnglishTheOfficialLanguage

      Agreed...change the law so that only children born of people in the country legally have citizenship. How is that racist? It affects everyone.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  73. MikeH

    My wife is a 25-year bedside labor and delivery nurse at UCI Medical Center in Orange, CA. Save all your pathetic rationalizations about cheap lettuce. Not only do the pregnant Mexican ladies sneak across the border eight months pregnant, people fly in from Kuwait, Sri Lanka, and every other country on the planet to give birth here. Anchor babies they're called, and that's exactly what they are. These moms know the laws, know the system, and milk both at your expense. This dual-citizenship baby eventually drags the entire tribe over, and you pay their bills.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ace

      Absolutely MikeH!
      It's time to cut these people off for their illegal entry and ship them all back home. America was doing fine before the foreigners began illegal invasion of our borders.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amsmith8

      Thank you for keepin it real Mike! 🙂

      December 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Perfectly stated and perfectly accurate.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. N.

      They eventually drag the whole tribe over, hu? So, you also moonlight as an immigration official? I'm sorry, but by injecting that last bit to your comment, you've killed all credibility that you'd conjured up with your superior "Nurse" status.

      I know of people that have dual citizenship, and most don't drag anyone over. As a matter of fact, I know of very rich people in Mexico that do that fly to the US on a visa and completely legally, to give birth. The don't stay here nor drag anyone over. They just want to get their kids easy access to the US for whatever reason the children may want.

      This is not something done exclusively by illegals, or exclusively in the US. Is a pretty common practice when it comes to first world countries that offer dual citizenship. But of course, with ignorant comments such as "they drag the whole tribe over", you're giving the issue a very bigotted twist. Do you moonlight as grand-dragon, too, by any chance?

      December 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • RainyAlaska

      Spot on. Well said. Thank you.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Nail in the head. Also LA and Orange has plenty of "resting homes" for moms who are waiting to pop.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • MRN32

      I think that the people going to UCI Medical are not sneaking across at 8 months pregnant. I’ve known that many women who have border crossing cards come across the border to have their kids here. Their kids can’t make them legal residents; if the mother or parents stay they are illegal anyway. I didn’t read anywhere in your post about your wife complaining or declining to provide services to these people. Why should she, both of you benefit from these people, because one way or another she gets paid.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mr. N.

        Amen! Ultimately, our poster gets paid, in part, because of these "anchor babies" he decries so much. That is the height of hypocrisy!

        December 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • cupcake

      Agreed. Thanks for the dose of reality!

      December 8, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  74. the_dude

    Please go be offended back in your own turd country. Thanks so much.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  75. akahn

    Well if parents of anchor babies don't like it, then have your damn illegal kids in your own country. The only thing offensive about the term 'anchor baby' is that people are skipping illegally across the border to have their illegal babies here. I'm offended that we have to in many cases fork over the bill for these illegals and their illegal anchor babies...

    December 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teamosil

      The kids aren't illegal. They're US citizens. They have committed no crime and have never even been to another country.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • bib

        Teamosil is right. The kids are innocent. Victims, even, born in a strange new country.

        The parents, on the other hand, are criminals and should be locked up and deported. The kids would be remanded to a life of foster care. Great job, parents.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tex Gritter

        Those "Kids" may not be illegal, but the illigal parents certainly are.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Teamosil

        Tex Gritter: then insult the parents, not the kids...

        December 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • SilentBoy741

        Then do not punish the children. Let them keep their U.S. citizenship by birth, which should only go into effect at the age of 18. When they reach that age, as adults they can choose their own country and live there. But until that age, they should be considered the nationality of the birthing parent. In other words, a Mexican mother has a baby on U.S. soil, the baby is a Mexican citizen, citizenship inherited from the mother, and shall return to Mexico with the parents until 18. Then if it selects American citizenship, it may come and live in the U.S., but both the parents remain Mexican citizens in Mexico. UNLESS they then come to the U.S. by due immigration process. LEGALLY.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Akahn2

      Not you Teamosil, I was referring to Akahn.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ace

      akahn,

      I agree. They need to be stopped before they get here and have their anchor babies. And the loophole of 'a person born in the U.S. automatically is a citizen' because the illegals are simply exploiting the system for their own personal gain. Some kind of wording needs to be added about people born in the U.S. to parents who entered the country illegally are considered by the U.S. to be citizens of their parent's countries.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Anomic Office Drone

    The term "anchor baby" is clearly meant to dehumanize and offend, so why wouldn't a dictionary include the fact that it's an offensive term in the definition? The dictionary isn't taking a side. It's accurately describing the definition and use of the term.

    You people can complain about anything.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ace

      The only thing offensive about it is that those kids were born here for one reason ... to try to keep America from deporting their illegal parents due to separation of family.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • bib

      What is dehumanizing? It describes an action by attributing it to another noun with which we are familiar.

      Anchors are used to keep boats in one place. Anchor babies are used to keep families in one place.

      It's descriptive, accurate and intuitive.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Teamosil

        Contrary to what many right wingers thing, pretending like you're too stupid to understand what the other guys is saying is not a way to win an argument.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Teamosil

    Of course it's offensive to use a slur to insult American citizen children who did nothing wrong and have never even been to another country... Duh.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teamosil

      The majority of people in the world consider insulting children because of feelings you have about their parents to be immoral.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  78. RainyAlaska

    Who finds the term "Anchor Babies" offensive? Are they American citizens or illegal aliens?

    OK, if you don't like that term about about "Babies Born to Criminally Mooching parents"? Or maybe "Future Burdens on the American taxpayers"? How about "Free Ride Babies"? There is nothing insulting about the term "Anchor Baby". They just don't like to hear the truth.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teamosil

      Does that make you feel tough to insult innocent children or something? That seems obviously contrary to any moral system I've ever heard of...

      December 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • RainyAlaska

        I'm not insulting anyone. I'm saying that the term "Anchor Baby" is appropriate and NOT offensive (unlike some other terms that could be used). How what does debating language used by popular culture have to with morality?

        December 8, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Teamosil

        RainyAlaska, don't play innocent. It's right there in black and white two inches above this post that you think they could also be called "future burdens on the american taxpayer". Obviously you're insulting them. It is obvious the insult somebody using the term "achor babies" intends. You're not fooling anybody with the "I mean anchor baby in a nice way" nonsense...

        December 8, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ace

      Call them whatever you want .. offensive or not.
      The fact is they were born here specifically to try to avoid having the parents deported.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • Teamosil

        So? Are you saying that the kids are responsible for things their parents did before they were even born?

        December 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tex Gritter

        Amen, brother!

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

        Just to be clear, Ace was the brother getting "Amen"ed. God bless America!

        December 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • cupcake

      It never ceases to amaze me that there are so many people who take offense for the term, as it seems they are okay with their tax money supporting illegals and their so-called "legal" spawn. What a bunch of suckers to fall for that emotional blackmail bs.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Tonlok

    The most offensive thing about the article was the grammar.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Fred Evil

    It's only offensive to those who have no business being here.
    Oh yeah, GET OUT!

    December 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teamosil

      Er, you're insulting children that are US citizens and who have never even been to another country. How do they have no business being here? This is the country they're from...

      December 8, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  81. sharky

    If the term anchor baby is deemed offensive, fine, then illegals ARE offensive. It is time the illegals and their anchor babies leave.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  82. D

    The idea of hating any group of people merely because they are "X" is ignorant or reality. In this case, an illegal immigrant or someone who has a child within US borders. The reality is that illegal immigrants play an important role in America. The reality is that they work cheaper at building houses, farming, cleaning, etc than their legal American counter part. If these workers were paid "fair" wages, it would raise the cost of those listed products and services... which would give people another thing to complain about. I'm not saying that it's right, but the focus should always be on reality and merely saying "go home" does not fix the problem, but merely create new ones.

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

      No, letting them stay creates new problems because it says to anyone illegal come to the US hide out and eventually you will be able to stay permanently. WE HAVE LAWS. if you do not like the laws of this country, then leave.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • D

        sharky: You haven't actually mentioned any problems, merely that a law was broken. Apparently, you're not understanding the reality I am describing.

        Fred Evil: Again, not living in reality. These "jobs" they are taking from Americans are not ones that Americans want. Do a google search on Alabama's immigration laws and how farmers are left with produce rotting in the fields. "The farmers said the some of their workers may have been in the country illegally, but they were the only ones willing to do the work." Once again, blanket statements like "go home" is ignoring the actual problem and not living in reality.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      "The reality is that illegal immigrants play an important role in America"
      Yes, they take away jobs from Americans. Glad you agree they should be summarily removed!

      December 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • WD

      So you freely admit the only reason you support illegal immigrants being here is because it makes stuff cheaper to buy? So I guess they're just a source of cheap labor to you?

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

        No, of course not. Merely to say that it's not as simple as force them all to go home and everything will be fine and dandy. There will be consequences to losing the labor. The labor won't immediately be filled by unemployed, legal Americans as many think it will. Case in point, google Alabama's immigration problems caused by the reform.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • D

        I will also add that my general feeling is that people are people, regardless of race, age, religion, or country of origin. It seems people like to draw a line in the sand and say those over there are bad and those over here are good. You stay on your side and I'll stay on mine. It seems so glaringly obvious that that mentality is flawed and shortsighted.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Not a white-brown, black-brown issue. Right vs Wrong issue

    I am offended that our economy suffers yet taxes go towards county hospitals filled with undoc's who are in the ER waiting to get a general check up.

    While middle class workers don't qualify to get health care there.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      That's part of the issues, but not all. Even if we saved this money on, what I would only guess as inferior, healthcare that many receive, we would then have the expense of higher products and services.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ace

      Yep and yep.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • 99%

      Blame the 1%

      December 8, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      So if we were overrun with hard-working super intelligent beautiful rich Germans would you want them all deported?

      December 9, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  84. TruthHurtz85

    I'm a so called 'anchor baby' and the term doesn't really offend me, i'm not exactly sure who it offends. Children born to illegal mothers had no choice being born & have no control over where they live until they turn 18. So, we expect an 18 year old person to return to her mother's home country afterwards? I was born in the United States & raised with American values and even served in the military, but the fact that my mother WAS an illegal makes me worthless & disgusting? I'm not going back to my mother's country of origin just so a bunch of whiners can feel better, i'm an American, regardless of how it happened. My mother broke the law, not me. So why attack an innocent child? Grow up people!

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

      No one said anything about anchor babies being shipped out of the country. They just don't want them to be, literally, "anchors" so that illegal immigrants can stay.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • TruthHurtz85

        I completely agree with your statement. Being a child of illegals, I see both sides of the argument and I agree with American citizens the most as opposed to illegals. I was referring to several comments I saw 'banishing' U.S. born children of illegals back to their parents' country which is completely absurd and unrealistic.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anne S

      I appreciate that you did nothing wrong – you didn't bring yourself across the border, you yourself acted honorably. However, let me ask you this question – If an unknown and uninvited woman appeared on your personal doorstep, and had a baby in your home, without your permission, and then used your personal money to clothe and feed that child, neither of whom you invited or agreed to, you'd probably be calling the authorities to haul them both away. In fact, that's the law in PLENTY of countries. Birth location does not guarantee citizenship in lots of countries. Most Americans don't resent that people want to come to this country. What they resent is that quite often, the law is abused by people using children born as you were to grant them access to a country and to the services paid for by the citizens of that country that other people are denied. We need to change where our immigrants come from – eliminating those coming from hostile or middle eastern countries, and refocus our quotas in primarily western European and South American countries and I suggest elmiinating the 14th. Admendment. Children born to illegals are not citizens. It was only put in place as an end run around slave syjdeclaring former slaves as not being citizens.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ace

      I agree that being born here was through no fault of your own.
      The problem with the entire situation is that those who are entering this country illegally are having babies here for the intent purpose of hoping to avoid being deported themselves. The only way to stop this attempt to find a loophole in our laws is to redefine citizenship. All you need to say is if your parents entered this country illegally and you were born here, then the U.S. recognizes you as a citizen of the country/countries of your parents. Obviously if one parent is an American then the child is American.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  85. DONNA LAINO

    Whatever the illegals have to do to get welfare – they do. I have seen it all. Stop by a welfare eligiblity office on any day.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  86. tvmc

    It's always interesting (and sad) to hear my fellow Christians attend service to listen to the Good News and then spew angry, vicious language against another human being. And yet, they find a way to justify their position. The America that I'm proud of is not one that runs on greed and selfishness. I pray that the true patriots, those who stand by basic civil liberties and the desire to make this country compassionate and strong will stand up to defend those who cannot defend themselves. If you knew Mary and Joseph crossed the border illegally, would you deport them? That is my challenge to you brothers and sisters. Would you stand to defend this "anchor baby" who MAY be your savior someday? Witness the evil you will see in all the responses and see if you can withstand the fury of those who hide behind the law. Merry CHRISTmas.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Pancho Villa

    I don't care, I'm not offended. But as far as I'm concerned it was the children of pilgrims that were the original "anchor babies".

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

      C'mon you have to be a plant. No one is that stupid.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ace

        Thanks citizen! You saved me some typing. LOL

        December 8, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Chief No Fart

      And Native Americans were anchor babies for the Asians that crossed the Bering Sea.

      And Kane and Able were Adam and Eve's anchor babies to this world about 6 thousand years ago.

      And my brother has a saving account anchor baby from his ex-wife.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laura

      Haha, very nice. I like it. Two thumbs up for keeping it real 🙂

      December 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Hydrogen

    Poor illegals and their feelings. Boo hoo.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  89. citizen

    So we don't want to offend those that break our laws?

    December 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anomic Office Drone

      It is an offensive term. What's everybody getting so worked up about? It's not like you mean something good when you say it.

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

        You're right it's offensive, I'm offended tat it is allowed!

        December 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Amsmith8

        Agreed- it is offensive and it's meant to be offensive. However, as someone else said- the TRUTH rarely makes everyone happy. If the diaper fits!

        December 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • Nah

        Nah, it's not offensive, it's descriptive. It's used to describe a situation where an illegal parent specifically has a child born on U.S. soil so that the child becomes a citizen and the parents (hope) they can therefore stay in the country.

        If you get offended by it, it's because you're a m0ron.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. N.

      No genius, you're offending the children of those who broke the law, kids that are American citizens and that have nothing to do with what their parents chose to do.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Dennis Ryan

    Then on election day vote in a President and a party who says they will deal with the illegal problems , and are causing an unfair burden on "We the People " in this USA...your Country..But remember crops still have to be harvested, planted, dishes washed at YOUR local Diner , lawns and trees cut by low wages . Ones that you don't want to do , but you also don't want to pay too much for their services...Can't have it both ways....chose

    December 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anomic Office Drone

      Exactly. There is no one taking a hardline on immigration who also wants to raise minimum wage so that Americans will do these jobs.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr. N.

      The answer is simple: Illegal immigration is sort of a necessary evil to our economy. How many elected officials have promised to do something about it, get into office, and then do nothing? Because they don't want to be known as the guy who brought about the next great depression by upsetting the country's economics in such a grand scale. As it stands, the illegal immigration issue is just a vehicle that some politicians use to get votes, and nothing more.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tex Gritter

        This Country and it's economy isn't, and never was, based on the handiwork of illegals. Any country that has an economy based on illegal "immigrants" is not a sound country nor do they possess a sound economy.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mr. N.

        Yes it is, in part. Google "illegal immigration costs" and "illegal immigration contributions" and compare. You'll find that once you add EVERYTHING up (taxes, costs, labor savings to private companies, welfare, etc), overall, illegals, though expensive, seem to be a net gain to the economy. Politicians in power certainly don't want to risk being wrong about that, at any rate.

        But even if they were an economic drag, removing what must amount to a double digit percentage of the workforce overnight would ruin ANY economy.

        The average person that votes for a politician purely because of immigration is being used because he/she is giving away a vote to a cause that will not get fixed. It is the centrist politicians, the ones that recognize that there is a danger if all illegals are instantly removed, the ones that actually have the right idea about fixing the illegal immigration issue, but they are the ones least likely to get elected.

        December 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ace

      Dennis,

      While voting in a person who will get it done sounds like a logical solution, it in no way will work.
      The problem is that ALL of them say they will make it a priority to get this or that done on immigration policy. The fact is that ALL of them will say it only in hopes of getting elected. It doesn't matter what they would actually do if they were elected. If any part of what I just said weren't true then we wouldn't be having this problem in the first place because any President/Congressperson that has been in office before has done NOTHING.

      December 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  91. citizen

    I find the parents of anchor babies offensive.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gort1

      I find anchor babies and their families, parents, cousins etc offensive.....get out

      December 8, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  92. JoeT

    Well, as with the n-word, "anchor babies" is offensive because it's intended to de-humanize its target. Once you get there, it's just a hop, sip, and a jump to brutalizing the people you scapegoat.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • citizen

      Is that your joke for today?

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

      The term anchor baby is a description of the motivation of the illegal immigrants who assert that their American citizen children should shield them from deportation! This is a refrain that can be heard repeatedly by illegal foreign nationals and the advocates for lawbreaking!

      December 8, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  93. CNNuthin

    Unfortunately everyone in power is trying to make abortion more and more illegal. I say look at this from another angle. They want citizenship, join the army. Serve the country you want to live in and then you can be welcomed here. If your child is an anchor baby, make it mandatory that they serve when they turn 18. See if the parents can live with the guilt of condemning a child to service for their stupidity.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Lea

    Don't worry guys, I got this.

    *prays the Anchor Babies away*

    December 8, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Leonard Alexman

    You must not live in California!!! Thast is exactly what anchor babies are used for!

    December 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Lance

    The expression is meant to be offensive as many who use the expression are offended by the practice of illegals coming here and having babies.

    December 8, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  97. DRC

    An anchor is something you hope keeps you in place. Hence anchor baby so you hope the US does not throw you out. Then you would lose all the welfare benefits for your American kid. Just would be nice if these "immigrants" had just a little respect for our country and is laws/customs. Rather we are a big joke to them and a big welfare program. They of course get supported by racist hispanic groups that put ethnicity before country.

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

      Agree!

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

      Quite well said. When you break down the words "anchor baby" you come up with a denotation. The denotation of "anchor" IS an instrument that is used to keep something in place! That is the literal meaning. THere are no hidden, underlying meanings implied here.

      December 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Immigrants who are here illegally cannot receive welfare. Sorry, but the premise of your argument is incorrect. You have to apply to the government for welfare and the first question on the list is, "Are you a citizen?"

      December 8, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • firehorseme

        They can, because their children are American. They collect welfare for them.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • gingerpeach

        Wake up call. they DO get welfare and they DO get SS, with out paying into it. You are right on what the first question is but they still get everything.

        December 8, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Paradox

    What offends me are people who get offened!

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

      Thank You!!

      December 8, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Tea Party Express

    I support the abortion of Anchor Babies because they are of a lesser species.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Polis

    So wait... you want to take illegal immigrants away from their job, where they make money and can feed and house themselves, put them in a hangar and have the government feed and house them?

    Talk about subsidizing immigrants.

    December 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duane - St. Pete FLA

      right....then ship them out

      December 8, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
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