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Posted on 12/09/2011 4:31:44 AM PST by Libloather
American Heritage Dictionary adds 'offensive' to 'anchor baby'
By Breann Bierman
Updated: Dec 06, 2011 3:30 PM EST
PHOENIX (KPHO) - The American Heritage Dictionary has added "offensive" to the definition of "anchor baby" in the dictionary after criticism from Latino groups.
Immigrationimpact.com, a project of the nonprofit American Immigration Council, questioned the inclusion of the "anchor baby" definition. On their website, they describe the new definition as "one that was crafted to reflect more accurately just how artificial a term it really is."
The online version of the American Heritage Dictionary now defines "anchor baby" as:
"Offensive 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..."
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I FIND ALL ANCHOR BABIES OFFENSIVE... AND UNCONSTITUTIONAL.
Strictly speaking, this is true. It is offensive that a woman would make an extraordinary effort to get to US soil to have her child for any reason, let alone to have an ‘anchor baby.’
It is the practice itself that is, by definition, an offense, cf defense.
Does anyone else see the dichotomy here?
What's next, print the dictionary in spanish?
Used as a disparaging term for a white person”
Source: on line American Heritage Dictionary.
Is “disparaging” worse or better than “offensive”? Excuse me while I check that out.
Sounds like it’s time for them to hoist anchors, and sail south.