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Paul Ryan Called Immigrant Children ‘Anchor Babies’

Rep. Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s new running mate, used the perjorative term “anchor babies” to describe the children of illegal immigrants during a town hall meeting last year in Wisconsin.

During a question and answer period, Ryan was asked a long rambling question by a man who used the term to describe children in southern New Mexico. When Ryan responded, he used the term himself and said he was in agreement with the man’s damning description of the way Mexican immigrants abuse the American system.

The incident is part of the increased scrutiny that Ryan will endure now that he is the vice presidential candidate. Though a Congressman is in the public eye, it’s nothing like the media glare that Ryan is receiving now.

This was the man’s statement/question that prompted Ryan’s response:

“I’m a Master Sergeant, United States Marine Corp, retired. I want to make a suggestion that’s kind of controversial. Most people don’t broach the subject for fear of being called a racist. But a, we can save billions—and I mean billions of dollars—on illegal immigration. I put five months of the year down in Southern New Mexico, and middle of the month, and the end of each month, the post office is loaded with people who don’t speak English and have Mexican plates on their cars—and they’re fancy cars. A, mainly because they have anchor babies—they come across sneak across the boarder, and drop a baby and call that an American citizen. And this child has all the benefits until it’s 18. We just built a new school in Columbus, New Mexico, and cost $16 million and at 100 percent capacity with 97 percent of the children from Mexico. If we could cut (Ryan: “You mean they cross everyday?”).. Oh, yes sir. Buses down at the boarder pick the kids up and bring them three miles to the school. And when the kids get older, they hit the boarder, they take the buses from Deming, New Mexico, 30 miles north. And they take the high school kids, feed em, and take them back down. We’re hemorrhaging money down on our boarders. We have Area 51, where they’ll shoot Americans if they try to cross into dreamland over there. But our boarders are porous and the United States government’s not doing much about it. Our boarder agents down there are overworked—they do what they can—it just, uh, the government’s not behind them. The places that have fences, tall fences, have worked to stem the tide. But it’s just porous, they walk right through. But there’s billions we waste every year on this program.”

In addition to saying “I agree” in the video, Ryan even used the term “anchor babies” himself when he’s reading back his notes. And worse, when a woman in the Wisconsin audience tries to call the man out and describes what he said as “racist and sexist comments” and tries to cajole Ryan into confronting the man, Ryan instead shuts the woman down and says “the gentleman has a right to be heard.”

Watch the tape and see for yourself.

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14 thoughts on “Paul Ryan Called Immigrant Children ‘Anchor Babies’

  1. Eric Canty says:

    I don't think saying that Mexican women, who sneak into America and have a baby so that it is an American Citizen and gets benefits that Americans get is being racist….it's not being very sensitive, but not racist….

  2. Baja Rat says:

    Just because the writer of this ridiculously left wing crap thinks that the therm "anchor baby" is not accurate then perhaps the writer would explain why this practice, usually involving Mexicans, happens deliberately on a daily basis? Personally I consider this practice by Mexicans an act of demographic warfare, and the offspring should be referred to as "future gang-banger larvae." How's that? Stuff your PC BS, Chiles.

  3. What does this accomplish? What a hurtful way to refer to children. I wonder if the Asian, European and African children are being belittled and ostracized the same way. How do you protect a child from such ignorance?

  4. What the guy said is totally true. It's been going on for years. Another thing they do is tell the schools that they live with a legal resident relative. I know in one school district the school principle started looking into it and checking addresses and found they didn't exist or were empty lots and they stopped it. The only why they could come back is if they paid for the classes, which a lot of them do. The Mexican women from what I understand work for a year or so and then come up pregnant and use the county hospitals to birth their babies at taxpayer expense and they walk out with a brand new little US citizen which means welfare, housing, food stamps, free medical all on our dime. Nine months later they have another one and on it goes and never pay for any of it. This is one reason hundreds of hospitals in Calif in the past ten years the have closed up because of none payment by the illegals using them. The guy in the video is a A-Hole looking for attention. This is one reason we need the military on our southern border. It has drug cartel smuggling of drugs, people and everything in between coming across it.

  5. Every nine months hundreds if not thousands of babies are born to illegal Latino women. They are taking over the country right through the delivery room in hospitals in every city.

  6. Mitch Dineen says:

    have your babies in your own country thats how

  7. Mitch Dineen says:

    why is the truth insensitive or racist?

  8. Now I know where children get their intolerant comments and drive each other to suicide. @opinionscankill

  9. This video just showed what a racist and ignorant bigot Paul Ryan is!!! Anyone born on American soil is naturally an American. That is a constitutional right. The fact the he agreed with the hatred comments the guy in the audience made make him as much of an ignorant biggot as him!

  10. This video just showed what a racist and ignorant bigot Paul Ryan is! Anyone born on American soil is naturally an American Citizen. That is a constitutional right. The fact that Paul Ryan used the pejorative term "Anchor Baby" to refer to an innocent child born in this country and agreed with that hatred and racist comment an audience memeber shows that he is a total bigot.

  11. Yamilah Atallah says:

    Because it takes 21 years before a child can sponsor the parent(s). So they have to live in the US for 21 years without legality–so no legal ability to work, or… well, anything. This means very, very intense poverty for decades. So, no, it's not "the truth". Could /you/ live without even constitutional rights for 21 years and still be able to support yourself?
    Didn't think so.

    The reality is that a lot of these racist white people are distorting facts: they don't understand how immigration works in the this country. They're so preoccupied being racist and dehumanizing us "anchor babies" that they can't even do a simple search of current immigration law. Foaming at the mouth with racist bullshit, really.

  12. Yamilah Atallah says:

    Watch out! Us anchor babies are out to get you! WE'RE TAKING OVER! But only after we spend 21 years of our lives in intense poverty you wouldn't even imagine before we can sponsor our parents into legality, which takes an additional 5 years… so by the time they're finally legal they're like 60 with gangrene and holes in their mouths and serious depression. YEAH, LOOK AT ALL OUR POWER! We're OPPRESSING PEOPLE!

    Anyway, I'd be more concerned with all the racist babies being born to racist parents in the delivery rooms of all the hospitals in every US city.

  13. Yamilah Atallah says:

    White people.

  14. Mitch Dineen says:

    immigrate through the proper channels. just because you are non white does not place you above the law. and anyone disagreeing with people breaking the law and getting rewarded for it are not being racist or insensitive. in fact its the opposite. calling white people racist for being white and wanting all people to respect the law.

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