Not to be outdone by The Donald, putative (but not really) Republican front-runner Jeb! Bush used the offensive term "Anchor Babies" last week when talking about immigration from Mexico.
“But if there’s abuse, if pregnant women are coming in to have babies just because they can do it, there ought to be greater enforcement. That’s the legitimate side of it. Greater enforcement, so that you don’t have these ‘anchor babies,’ as they’re described, coming into the country.”
The next day, Bush defended his words and suggested that he was referencing terminology used by others. “Do you have a better term?” he snapped at a reporter in Keene, N.H., adding: “You give me a better term and I’ll use it.” Link
Jeb! rightly drew a lot of fire for using the offensive term, even after people pointed out that "baby" and "American citizen" were both better terms than the one he used.
But it's all good now. On Monday, Jeb! fixed it.
“What I was talking about was the specific case of fraud being committed, where there’s organized efforts, and frankly it’s more related to Asian people coming into our country having children in that organized effort, taking advantage of a noble concept, which is birthright citizenship,” he said. Link
Nailed it! That's much better.