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.
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:
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.
So much for all that New and Improved Republican Outreach.