New Yorkers guess the meaning of the GOP's "anchor baby" slur: "You put a baby on a chain and send it down to the ocean"

Like most racial slurs, “anchor baby” masks more than it reveals


Asha ParkerJanet Upadhye
August 26, 2015 4:47PM (UTC)

Donald Trump and other Republican presidential candidates have recently popularized an ugly racial slur used to describe children who are born in the United States to undocumented parents:

“Anchor babies.”

Like most racial slurs, “anchor baby” masks and obscures more than it reveals. In fact that term is so vague that, although Republicans are using it to frame a xenophobic conversation on immigration, most people don't know what it means.

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Salon went out to Madison Square Garden to ask New Yorkers to take their wildest guess at what the term refers to and this is what they said:
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