On Sunday, President Trump announced in an interview with Axios on HBO that he will soon pursue an executive order that would officially remove birthright citizenship for children born to noncitizens and undocumented immigrants in the United States. Widely speculated for weeks, Trump officially stated that an Act of Congress is not required for his proposal to take effect and that an executive order will suffice. Trump had this to say regarding whether or not he needed congressional approval to go through with his plan:
A bold and sudden statement, his remarks assuredly sent shudders down Democrat lawmakers’ spines. For years, undocumented immigrants have served a no larger purpose than to provide a far advantageous electorate and constituency for Democratic politicians. Even more advantageous than the immigrants themselves, however, are their children. Colloquially known as “anchor babies”, children born to undocumented immigrants on United States soil entail birthright citizenship upon birth, thus giving them — among many other gracious rights — the right to vote. In addition, once turning the age of 21, these so-called anchor babies may sponsor other family members for entry into the United States — a form of immigration known as chain migration.
In recent years, you were deemed a bigot or a racist if you dare to use the term “anchor babies” to describe these people. Even Google’s dictionary service labels the term “anchor baby” as a categorical offensive term.