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Anchor Baby, Meaning and Trump tackles problem of what he calls ‘anchor babies’

Anchor Baby
When a foreigner or illegal alien (non-US citizen) comes to the USA to have a baby for the purpose of making the baby a US citizen. The baby becomes a US citizen giving the illegal alien/foreign parent and their family grounds to come to and stay in the US and become eligible for government benefits. Also called a “jackpot baby”.
Maria, an illegal alien from Mexico, had her baby in the USA. Thanks to her anchor baby, now she and her whole family can live in the US.

Anchor baby is a pejorative term for a child born in the United States to a foreign national mother who was not lawfully admitted for permanent residence. There is a popular misconception that the child’s U.S. citizenship status (acquired by jus soli) legally helps the child’s parents and siblings to quickly reclassify their visa status (or lack thereof) and to place them on a fast pathway to acquire lawful permanent residence and eventually United States citizenship.This is a myth. Current U.S. federal law prevents anyone under the age of 21 from being able to petition for their non-citizen parent to be lawfully admitted into the United States for permanent residence. So at best, the child’s family would need to wait for 21 years before being able to use their child’s US citizenship to modify their immigration status.

The term is generally used as a derogatory reference to the supposed role of the child, who automatically qualifies as an American citizen and can later act as a sponsor for other family members. The term is also often used in the context of the debate over illegal immigration to the United States to refer to children of illegal immigrants, but may be used for the child of any immigrant. A similar term, “passport baby”, has been used in Canada for children born through so-called “maternity” or “birth tourism”.



Trump tackles problem of what he calls ‘anchor babies’

ABC reporter Tom Llamas confronted Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump Wednesday over his use of the term ‘anchor baby,’ saying it was an offensive slur.

“That’s an offensive term!” Llamas told Trump in footage that aired Thursday on Good Morning America. “People find that hurtful.”

“You mean it’s not politically correct, and yet everybody uses it,” Trump shot back.

“Look it up in the dictionary,” Llamas yelled. “It’s offensive!”

“I’ll use the word anchor baby. Excuse me! I’ll use the word anchor baby!” Trump said.




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