The myth of anchor babies

The myth of anchor babies: Fox entertainer Gretchen Kelly pulls the wool over I-believe-anything-you-say listeners regarding anchor babies. Kelly quotes the US Census Bureau that 8% of the babies born in the US are “anchor babies.” What she doesn’t disclose is that “anchor baby” is her disparaging term meant demonize “non-existent” immigrant mothers-to-be who allegedly hop the US border to deliver their babies. The US Census Bureau does not separate births by how long ago an illegal immigrant crossed the border. The 8% is all immigrants who live in the United States no matter whether they have lived here for decades. Less than .05% the total births by illegal immigrant mothers in any given year occur after just crossing the border and most are Asians. A naturalized citizen, US born baby cannot help an immigrant family faced with the bigotry of white supremacists like Kelly and Fox whose real goal is to run all those little brown people out of town on a rail. Anchor babies is a phantom issue of racism. Lies, half-truths and misleading statements by Kelly and Fox promote hate and inflame intolerance. Like the great demagogue it-takes-one-to-know-one, Trump says: Kelly and Fox are two-bit ratings hustlers. Richard Dorsey, Hacienda Heights, CA.

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