VIDEO-- Paul Ryan's version of "outreach": Using the derogatory "anchor babies" term-- again

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Hey Paul Ryan, how’s that GOP reachy-outy, makeovery, reinventiony thing workin’ for ya?

Apparently, it's not. At a town hall meeting in Burlington, Wisconsin, while he was pushing his idea of a House immigration reform bill, he used the offensive term "anchor babies." Classy, Paul, classy. You know who else uses that one? Michele Bachmann, for one.

What next, "wetback"?

As Think Progress notes, that little "anchor baby" slur is used to describe American-born children of undocumented immigrants, who, by the way, are citizens under the 14th Amendment.

In 2012, Ryan got an earful for dropping the "A.B." term:

Oops! He did it again:

Paul Ryan:

To the anchor baby issue-- That’s what they call it, anchor babies. It’s a person who comes and has a child here, if you’re born here you’re a naturalized citizen. You have to change the Constitution. There’s a little bit of legal debate about whether you have to or not. I think it comes down fairly clearly that you have to change the Constitution to change the definition of citizenship to not being born here, right? Or being born with legal parents. That will take a long, long time, years ...

But it’s really treating a symptom, right. People are coming across the border illegally, or overstaying their visas. And therefore illegal immigration is fairly easy, and then people are having what’s called anchor babies.

Note to Paul about his "legal parents" moment. People are not legal or illegal. Their actions are, but they are not. They are people, not "illegals" or "legals."

They. Are. People.

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So much for all that New and Improved Republican Outreach.

outreach my ass reach out inclusive

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  • TurboKitty

    I have to point something out here, my mother was born in 1923, her parents were immigrants from Poland. She was a first generation American. From about 1972 until she died in 1999, she carried a card that stated she was a registered "Anchor Baby". She was proud of the fact that she was an "Anchor Baby". I don't know how this term turned from something that my mother was just as proud to tell to the world, as she was to state she was a WWII Marine, a school teacher, and a feminist who marched for women's rights, into something so socially unacceptable ...

  • NativeSonKY

    Guess I'm a dog, 'cause I hear the whistle a'blowin'!