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Jeb Bush Is Right, “Anchor Babies” Is Not Offensive

Jeb Bush is defending the use of the term “Anchor babies,” as opponents, namely Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D), anti-pro illegal immigration groups continue to call the term as offensive.

Bush is right. The term “Anchor babies” has been used since the late 1980’s  by both Republicans and Democrats alike, and later used in 1996.

It wasn’t until the mid 2000’s that the term began to receive attention, good or bad, when the immigration reform issue  first came to the forefront.

Just a few years ago, even the American Heritage Dictionary didn’t think the term was offensive, and added it into the word mix in 2011.

But shortly after people in the pro-immigration lobby began to complain that the term was disparaging, American Heritage Dictionary deemed the term “offensive.”

Opponents against the use of the term will tell you that parents who come to the U.S. illegally and have a child will not get residency benefits from their child’s legal status.

They are correct, but that child is entitled to receive welfare and health benefits as a U.S. citizen, and the illegal immigrant parents will obviously be the ones that will accept these entitlements on behalf of the child.

Coming to the U.S. illegally to have a child is a big business. Getting rid of the birthright citizenship measure will reduce illegal immigrants from crossing over into the U.S.

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, Politico, The Hill, NBC, Wall Street Journal, and other state and national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous TV and radio shows, including being the one of NewsmaxTV's regular commentators. Javier is also a political consultant, and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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