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An Anchor Baby is a pejorative term referring to a child that was born in the United States to parents (most particularly the mother) that are considered undocumented. Under the 14th Amendment, this automatically makes the child and undocumented mother United States citizens. There are an estimated 300,000 "anchor babies" born in the United States every year [1].

Recently, President Trump, uncompassionate as usual, has enacted "zero-tolerance" policies, which in turn separated many children (many of which are "anchor babies") from their parents, all in a plan to slow down mass-immigration. Many of the parents detained were held in ICE detention centers. At least 2,000 minors were separated from their parents between mid-April and late-May of 2018. Bozo Jeff Sessions supported this nonsense, although the article claims that there are no laws saying that families and children must be separated. As usual, Trump posted on Twitter that it's the fault of the Democrats, despite the fact that Evangelical Republicans rule the country at all major levels [2]. Even Republican Laura Bush said she was "heartbroken" over the separation of children, some under the age of 4, and believes the "zero-tolerance policy" is cruel.[3] Even though we highly disagree with the opinions of the current cabinet, if they really want to deport people, the least they could do is send the parents back with the children, rather than separate them. On June 20, 2018, President Trump signed an order to end the policy of separating children from their parents while at the Mexican-American border. However, it was unknowable at the time as to when the children already separated would be reunited [4].

As of August 3, 2018, over 1,800 minors have been reunited with their parents since late-June. However, there have been many cases of children psychologically regressing back to earlier-childhood maturity and/or development as a consequence of being locked up in tight spaces away from their parents. One such case involves a 5-year old boy pleading to be breastfed. Another case included siblings sobbing whenever they see a police officer, due to the trauma they endured [5].

  1. Anchor Babies cairco.org
  2. Trump's decision to separate families heats up immigration debate
  3. Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents at the border breaks my heart
  4. President Trump signs order ending his policies of separating families at border (San Diego Union Tribune)
  5. A Migrant Boy Rejoins His Mother, but He's Not the Same (NY Times)

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