Hispanic Group Condemns State Senator’s Use of ‘Anchor Baby’ Term

JoAnne Young, Lincoln Journal Star (Nebraska), January 4, 2011

A fledgling Hispanic Republican group is criticizing a Nebraska state senator for his use of the term “anchor babies.”

Somos Republicans, which describes itself as a growing grassroots organization, is demanding an apology from Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont for using what leaders of the group say is a defamatory term, akin to other such terms used to describe people belonging to minority groups.

Bob Quasius, Midwest director of the group, said Janssen was being insensitive.

“His actions are reprehensible,” Quasius said.

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He [Senator Janssen] said the group could call and ask for an apology but “they’re not going to get one.”

The senator said he was looking seriously with others at legislation that deals with the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which says: All persons born or naturalized in the United States are citizens of the United States and of the state where they reside.

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In reply to Somos Republicans criticism, he said he took exception to undocumented mothers who endanger their unborn and other children in how they illegally enter the United States.

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The organization [Somos Republicans] is made up of Republicans, and members adhere to the party’s core values and positions, he said, but they want to see federal immigration policies reformed.

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