While railing about the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to temporarily halt the deportation of widows and widowers of U.S. citizens, Fox News’ Glenn Beck yesterday slammed “anchor babies,” the U.S.- born children of immigrants, and called for the overturn of the 14th Amendment which grants natural-born citizenship:
BECK: You know the anchor baby thing has already really hacked me off. You know the anchor baby, you know what that is. That’s when somebody — a child that is born here — becomes a citizen. And they help the illegal parents here become citizens. Remember empathy, oh empathy — no one wants to separate that family. Oh that baby is a child — it’s an anchor — it’s an anchor to stay here.
Aside from repeatedly demonizing U.S. citizen children with a derogatory term that equates their birth with a mud hook, Beck challenges the concept of U.S. citizenship and ignores the benefits of family immigration which include significant economic, social, and tax contributions.
Beck also overlooks the fact that so-called “anchor babies” aren’t even allowed to file a visa petition for their parents until they are 21-years-old. According to the law firm of Scott and Associates, Attorneys at Law PLLC:
The Restrictionists present this information as though it then becomes a simple matter of filing paperwork. What they don’t tell you is that if the parent entered without inspection, the parent is not able to apply for a green card from within the US…As the child is not a qualifying relative for a waiver of this ground of inadmissibility, she [the mother] would not be able to return to the US legally for ten years despite have a US citizen child over age 21…Despite the fallacy of the Anchor Baby Myth, Restrictionists keep pushing it.