AZ state senator now attacking 'anchor babies', which seems cartoonishly racist

You probably woke up this morning and thought to yourself, Arizona’s statewide, ironic, ‘we hate Mexicans so much’ role-playing event was just about over and we’d all share a laugh about it.  The rest of the country is so gullible!  They actually believed a state would stop brown people and ask for papers, hahahahahaha.  Well, you clearly have too much faith in people generally and in Arizona specifically.  Now state senator Russell Pierce, who was behind the anti-immigration bill, is forwarding racist e-mails about the scourge of “anchor babies,” which is great because this lousy country needs some new racial slurs, and honestly who doesn’t hate immigrant babies?

Seriously, who is inventing new goddamn racial slurs?  I know there are racists in this country, that’s obvious, but, GAH, “anchor baby”?  I’m choking on my own rage here, so I’m going to block quote the Phoenix news station’s write up before we go too far off the rails [via ThinkProgress]:

One of the e-mails written by someone else but forwarded by Pearce reads: “If we are going to have an effect on the anchor baby racket, we need to target the mother. Call it sexist, but that’s the way nature made it. Men don’t drop anchor babies, illegal alien mothers do.” […]

Pearce said his new idea is not only legal but constitutional. “It’s common sense,” Pearce said. “Again – you can’t break into someone’s country and then expect to be rewarded for that. You can’t do it.”

When Pearce was shown the e-mail referring to “anchor babies” that he forwarded, he said he didn’t find anything wrong with the language. “It’s somebody’s opinion…What they’re trying to say is it’s wrong. And I agree with them. It’s wrong,” said Pearce.

Yeah, all those immigrant mothers livin’ high on the hog.  Why, most American Citizens would gladly change places with any of these lucky ducks, and their 14th Amendment-enjoying children.

Now that I’m looking into it, the term “anchor baby” or “anchor child” has actually been around for a while.  I guess I’ve been keeping the wrong company and reading the wrong blogs.  Former Virginia Republican Representative Virgil Goode wanted to amend the Constitution to stop the “anchor baby” problem and claimed they were America’s greatest national security threat.  But he lost his seat in 2008 to  Tom Perrillo, who said that Goode, “represents everything wrong with American politics.”  That indictment could easily be generalized to read, “everything wrong with humanity,” but why split hairs.

The fear of an anchor-baby America originates from a belief that immigrants will have children here, making the children citizens.  If the parents get deported they might be able to return later to reunite with their children and apply for citizenship at that point.  These dangerous criminals must be stopped before they find a low-paying job or whatever and ruin The Melting Pot.

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2 Responses to AZ state senator now attacking 'anchor babies', which seems cartoonishly racist

  1. zdroberts says:

    Actually took me a couple minutes to understand that racist term… Seriously as if we don’t have enough terms out there we have to work on new ones?

    Russell Pearce is scum… I spent the summer of 2008 trying to trick him into doing an interview, but oddly he never seemed to be in his home district…

  2. mozza says:

    Love the black ‘wanker’ shirt, above!

    I’m actually proud to live in a country where pregnant mothers literally risk their lives to give birth to a child who is an American citizen. I wonder if she (and later the child) have a greater love of this country than some of the misspelled-sign holding knuckleheads we see on the televised news each night?

    Look at the UK: the middle class constantly complain about immigrants and most of their well-off Britons just pack up and move to Spain or rural France. They’re ready to shove off the moment someone with an accented or umlauted name moves into a home on their street.

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