By Carlos Batara
For months, the signs were clear. A revival of an anchor baby attack was on the way.
Most colleagues scoffed at my warnings. They claimed the battle against xenophobic terminology had been won. The era of using mean-spirited terms, like anchor babies, for political purposes had passed.
I was a town crier, a few said, over-reacting to isolated news events.
Sure, just like the building of new detention cells is unrelated to future arrests and deportations.
Alarmist or not, here’s what I saw:
- California government agents exaggerated claims of Chinese birth tourism and maternity hotels
- Louisiana passed legislation to deny marriage certificates to undocumented immigrants
- Texas refused to issue birth certificates to children born in Texas to undocumented parents