In many respects an anchor baby is no different from any other squalling, red-faced baby, capable of burps coming from his toes or babbling happily in his mother’s arms. That’s about where the similarity ends.
The term anchor baby is an accurate descriptor for any baby who subsequently serves as a basis for awarding preferential immigration status to the baby’s parents and other close relatives, thus creating an immigration tail of significant magnitude. This term applies to any child regardless of the citizenship of the parents. If such a child enables parents and other relatives to achieve legal status or preferential immigration standing, then indeed the child has played the anchor baby role to the hilt. Anchor in this context is anything or person who acts to hold himself fast, as to a place; anything that makes stable or secure or anything that is depended on for support or security. There is nothing pejorative about the application of this term to babies who play this role. It is certainly not de-humanizing or de-Americanizing.
There have been many stories reported lamenting the separation of parents from children when illegal aliens are apprehended, detained and/or deported but the children are jus soli citizens. The illegals blame the government for enforcing the law when it is they themselves who have created the family separation problem by their violation of the border without proper authorization and then delivering a baby in the