The "anchor baby" entry in the American Heritage Dictionary is drawing charges from an immigrant advocacy group that it is offensive.
Updated at 4:29 p.m. ET:
The American Heritage Dictionary officially changed its definition of the phrase "anchor baby" on Monday, reflecting that it considers the phrase to be "offensive."
In an interview Monday, dictionary Executive Editor Steven Kleinedler said the phrase was one of the 10,000 new words and phrases added to the fifth edition – the first revision of the dictionary in a decade – and that the lack of an offensive disclaimer was an oversight.
Kleinedler said he immediately realized the error when he saw Friday's blog post by Immigration Impact.
"When we saw the post, we looked at (the definition) and said 'They are completely right, we should change it,'" Kleinedler said. "This is a change that needs to be made."
The new definition, which will be included in the online dictionary and the next printing of the print edition, says the phrase is used "as a disparaging term."
An immigrant advocacy group says editors of the American Heritage Dictionary have agreed to revise a recently added entry "anchor baby" to note that it is a derogatory or offensive phrase.
Use of the term is highly sensitive in the politically charged debate over immigration.
Immigration opponents such as Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and others use the phrase to describe children born in the USA to illegal immigrant parents. Those children are granted automatic U.S. citizenship, and King has filed legislation that would stop the practice.
Civil rights groups have long derided the phrase, saying it dehumanizes those children and poisons the immigration debate.Read more...
Court Approves Settlement in Duran Gonzalez v. DHS; Webinar Tomorrow
Last week, the federal district court issued its final approval of a settlement agreement in a long pending Ninth Circuit-wide class action, Duran Gonzalez v. DHS. This case involves eligibility for adjustment of status under INA § 245(i) (with an accompanying I-212 waiver application) for individuals who previously were removed and subsequently entered the country without admission. After nearly eight years of litigation, we are pleased to announce that certain individuals with longstanding ties to the United States will have the opportunity to apply for lawful permanent resident status in the United States. Read More...Read more...
If all unauthorized immigrants were removed from the United States, the country would lose $551.6 billion in economic activity, $245 billion in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and approximately 2.8 million jobs.
The fundamental injustice of the tax system grows clearer as tax day looms ominously over working people and a few horde more and more of the nation’s wealth. Short of a total collapse of capitalism, the primary redistributive remedy for this would be progressive taxation. But our tax policy gets it exactly backward, and it's about to get a bit worse. And as with so many wars of attrition against the working class, this one begins by shafting disenfranchised communities, especially immigrants.
While the rich are rolling in tax giveaways, a few credits actually give poor folks a break. One of these, the refundable child tax credit (CTC), applies to middle-class and poor parents alike and was claimed by some 21 million taxpayers in 2011, “which averaged about $676 per child and totaled $26.1 billion,” according to Politico. For poor families, the CTC, together with its big sister the Earned Income Tax Credit, provides a lifeline to keep them from plunging below the poverty line.
Now some lawmakers advocate cutting off the child tax credit for tax filers who lack of Social Security number. The move is unabashedly aimed at making life harder for undocumented workers, even taxpaying ones, specifically by punishing their children.
Currently, the CTC is one federal tax benefit that people can claim using an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) instead of a social security number. This effectively makes it available to undocumented workers—those who lack formal authorization.Read more...
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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments today in a case challenging Arizona’s notorious anti-immigrant law two years after its passage. The Obama administration has challenged four provisions of the law, known as S.B. 1070, for interfering with federal immigration enforcement. Immigrant right groups have organized a number of protests and vigils nationwide to coincide with today’s hearing. Ben Winograd of the American Immigration Council said the Supreme Court ruling will have major implications nationwide as a number of states seek to pass copycat measures.
Ben Winograd: "Allowing states to be the primary enforcers of federal immigration law would, from a civil rights perspective, have huge ramifications. All of a sudden, every traffic stop that is conducted by a local officer and involves someone who arguably looks or sounds like an immigrant could result in an extended detention and even possibly incarceration."
From China sailed my Grandfather Ben. He came to America when he was four plus ten. His Guangzhou village was small and poor And he helped his mother with farming chores. Every morning he gathered bits of firewood And drew water from the well as much as he could. From morning to night he slaved like an ox. But it was never enough to fill the rice box. So his parents said, "You'd better leave home And go to America where you can roam. Until you find a great place of your own. America, Gold Mountain, is the place to go Big and wide, and high and low. Everything is yes, and there are never any nos."
But here in America life was hard And it wasn't like a birthday card. Golden Mountain didn't have jobs For Chinese men, and that made them sob. From San Francisco to Saint Louis Chances for Chinese were least to fewest. Still his heart never gave way Cause he knew hard work always pays. So Grandpa Ben worked hard again. Slaving in a laundry from five to ten. And he lived in important USA times Starting from cool Jazz Age crime Right on down to the Great Depression's Brother can you spare a dime. Until finally his big chance came To show America Chinese are the same. He joined the army in World War II And fought in Europe for the red, white and blue. All over he fought bringing supplies To American soldiers on the lines. Until one day he was shot in the back And his jeep flipped over and he got smacked. He didn't win any fame or medals Just came back home to wed and settle.
Still to me he is The Greatest Hero. Cause he never gave up and never said no. He loved America both good and bad And taught his 5 kids not to be sad. Work hard, dream big, and never give up. And one day Gold Mountain will live up To what is written on the Statue of Liberty Chances for all and the gift to be free.Read more...