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Old 09-12-2008, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Do you believe the term "anchor baby" dehumanizes children born to illegal aliens in this country?

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Those who use the term are dead-set against a key provision of the Constitution.

Nativists try to make this seem like an abomination, but challenging this is an afront to the very concept of U.S. citizenship. To oppose it, is the difference between the philosophical concepts of "jus soli" and "jus sanguinis", or the "the right of soil" vs. "the right of blood".

What is most disgraceful about congresmman like Virgil Goode is that when they rail against anchor babies, they are dehumanizing the very people that they were elected to represent. Even if they succeed in the radical reordoring of the concept of U.S. citizenship and the U.S. constitution, they cannot very well retroactively deny citizenship to the "anchor babies" that were already born in the U.S. Like it or not they are here to stay. Like it or not, congressman is elected to represent those "anchor babies".
The Dehumanizing Term "Anchor Baby" Part of a Reactionary Assault on American Values | | AlterNet
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Old 09-12-2008, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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Do you believe the term "anchor baby" dehumanizes children born to illegal aliens in this country?
No
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Old 09-12-2008, 01:56 PM
 
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I don't see it as anything more than a 'catch phrase', used in a rather 'hot-button' debate. I don't see it as any more dehumanizing than "anti-immigrants"...or "nativists"...or "gun nuts"...or being "pro life" or "pro choice". An 'anchor baby' can be used to 'guarantee' a 'foot in the door' for a whole family....similar to the concept of 'chain migration'. But 'dehumanizing'? I don't see that.
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Old 09-12-2008, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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IMO, it’s a fitting description, because it provides illegal aliens with a foothold. As long as an illegal has an “anchor” they have a connection to this country, and it improves their chances for eventual citizenship via sponsorship by the anchor.
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Old 09-12-2008, 02:04 PM
 
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I don't see it as anything more than a 'catch phrase', used in a rather 'hot-button' debate. I don't see it as any more dehumanizing than "anti-immigrants"...or "nativists"...or "gun nuts"...or being "pro life" or "pro choice". An 'anchor baby' can be used to 'guarantee' a 'foot in the door' for a whole family....similar to the concept of 'chain migration'. But 'dehumanizing'? I don't see that.

Agreed. I find the term totally appropriate. When a child is deliberately bred for the sole purpose of obtaining the benefits of chain migration and abusing the social services and other taxpayer financed freebies, it is indeed the illegal aliens anchor to this country.

The racists that keep denying their criminal motives need to stop trying to convince Americans that their actions are not calculated or disgusting. They are the ones birthing children as a source of income to fulfill their selfish, evil, deceitful goals.
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Old 09-12-2008, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Do you believe the term "anchor baby" dehumanizes children born to illegal aliens in this country?
Sadly, Benicar . . . individuals searching to be "dehumanized" and/or insulted are usually able to find a term to do so.

To answer your question . . . NO!
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Old 09-12-2008, 02:14 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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So long as they are on the free ride program while still hiding in the community, no.
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Old 09-12-2008, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Wayward Pines,ID
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I find the term Anchor Baby quite inappropriate. I prefer Ballast Bambino!
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Old 09-12-2008, 02:26 PM
 
Location: California
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I don't see it as anything more than a 'catch phrase', used in a rather 'hot-button' debate. I don't see it as any more dehumanizing than "anti-immigrants"...or "nativists"...or "gun nuts"...or being "pro life" or "pro choice". An 'anchor baby' can be used to 'guarantee' a 'foot in the door' for a whole family....similar to the concept of 'chain migration'. But 'dehumanizing'? I don't see that.
Look harder.

The term anchor baby says a lot. It says "other than American". It has negative connotations. Its pretty much synonymous with 'illegal'.

The so called "anchor baby", by American law, is an American.

You guys don't like that they are American, you guys dont want them to be American, but they are by law, and legally, officially American.
Calling them anchor baby is a stab at that, because it suggests that there is a 100 percent chance that the baby was given life to keep the parent from being deported.
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Old 09-12-2008, 02:28 PM
 
Location: California
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Agreed. I find the term totally appropriate. When a child is deliberately bred for the sole purpose of obtaining the benefits of chain migration and abusing the social services and other taxpayer financed freebies, it is indeed the illegal aliens anchor to this country.

The racists that keep denying their criminal motives need to stop trying to convince Americans that their actions are not calculated or disgusting. They are the ones birthing children as a source of income to fulfill their selfish, evil, deceitful goals.

THe racists? So everyone immigrating here illegally is also racist? That doesnt even make sense.
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