From Ethan Millard:
As part of his immigration platform, Senate candidate Mike Lee promises to fix the “anchor baby problem”.
“Anchor baby” implies that while you and I have babies out of love, illegal immigrants have babies to trick the United States Government.
You an I may want to build a family, illegal immigrants just want to build an economic advantage. Because they’re not like us. They don’t value the same things we do.
It is a shameful way to maliciously dehumanize illegal immigrants and I call on Mike Lee to remove the language from his website immediately.
In the mean time I would love for Mike Lee to demonstrate how an illegal immigrant can win citizenship by having a baby in the United States.
Even if mainstream Utahns found the term to be dehumanizing, Mike Lee & Tim Bridgewater probably get a lot of mileage from it among Republican delegates.
I tend to agree with Ethan. The term assumes that illegal immigrants only have children to game the system. The baby is not a person but a means to an ends. The parent-child relationship is one of convenience, not of love.
Seems pretty dehumanizing to me.
So, what do you think? Is the term “anchor baby” dehumanizing or is Ethan Millard wrong?