In recent days, a few Republican presidential candidates have stoked controversy by using the term “anchor baby” to refer to people born in the United States to foreigners -- part of a larger debate among Republicans over whether to restrict birthright citizenship. GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush drew particular attention when defending the term on Aug. 20, in his televised comments to reporters after a town hall event in New Hampshire.
“Do you have a better term?” a defensive Bush asked. “You give me a better term, and I’ll use it.”
The term is a slur that many people find offensive. The Hispanic Leadership Network, a conservative Latino group that organized conferences that Bush co-chaired for three years in a row, urged conservative politicians to avoid using the derogatory term in order to avoid offending Latino voters.
But for those like Bush who are struggling for a way to explain themselves without offending large chunks of the populace, we’ve decided to offer a few alternatives for the term. Here’s eight ways to refer to the children of undocumented immigrants without using offensive slur.
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