As Republican presidential candidates discuss the hot-button issue of immigration reform, those who favor a firm stance in response to illegal aliens are facing a new rhetorical challenge from the left.
The term “anchor baby” has often been used derisively to describe children born to illegal immigrants and afforded citizenship under current interpretation of the 14th Amendment. Donald Trump, perhaps the most outspoken GOP contender on the issue, has promised that his administration would work to determine whether such kids should actually be afforded such constitutional consideration.
Beyond the ostensible merits of their positions, however, several in the field have faced pointed questions after Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton declared use of the aforementioned phrase offensive.
They're called babies. https://t.co/VyJJA26OVl
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 19, 2015
Among the latest to face such an inquiry was Bobby Jindal, who appeared on Fox News Thursday with host Bill Hemmer.
Hemmer asked his guest whether, like Clinton, he finds the phrase “anchor baby” offensive, opting instead to simply call them babies.
“What I find offensive is Hillary Clinton, the left,” he replied. “When you look at those Planned Parenthood videos, they refuse to call them babies. They call it fetal tissue. They call it specimens. That is what’s offensive.”
Jindal went on to describe the backlash his decision to cut Medicaid funding for the controversial organization has sparked. In responding to pro-abortion activists protesting in his state, he shared his plan of action.
“What we’re going to do is display those Planned Parenthood videos so people are reminded of that grotesque language,” he said. “What’s really offensive if the left refused to say ‘babies.’ Instead, they say fetal tissue, specimens.”
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BCN editor’s note: This article first appeared at Western Journalism.