Arizona’s Next Step: Going After “Anchor Babies”

The Arizona state senator behind their despicable anti-immigration law Russell Pearce, is now targeting what he refers to as “anchor babies” and their mothers. “Anchor baby” is a derogatory term for a child born in American to an illegal immigrant.  (h/t Think Progress)  Pearce is circulating emails using this term and says he sees nothing wrong with it.

Pearce wrote in one e-mail: “I also intend to push for an Arizona bill that would refuse to accept or issue a birth certificate that recognizes citizenship to those born to illegal aliens, unless one parent is a citizen.”

One of the e-mails written by someone else but forwarded by Pearce reads: “If we are going to have an effect on the anchor baby racket, we need to target the mother. Call it sexist, but that’s the way nature made it. Men don’t drop anchor babies, illegal alien mothers do.”

The 14th Amendment, upheld in United States v. Wong Kim Ark,  states:

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. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States…

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