Label the Term "Anchor baby" as derogatory or Remove it from the dictionary
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Label the Term "Anchor baby" as derogatory or Remove it from the dictionary

    1. Jennifer Chenoweth
    2. Petition by

      Jennifer Chenoweth

      bonaire, Georgia

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December 2011

Victory

After the American Heritage Dictionary added in the term "anchor baby" without indicating that it was a derogatory and offensive term, Jennifer Chenoweth started a petition. She asked the dictionary to label the term as offensive, or to remove it entirely. After reading a blog post by Immigration Impact that criticized the dictionary's "neutral" definition - and hearing from over 80 petition signers, - Steve Kleinedler, the executive editor of the dictionary, personally responded in the comments on Jennifer's petition. "I am the executive editor of the American Heritage Dictionary. We have already updated the website to include an Offensive label. This is an omission on our part that I acknowledge and apologize for. We are working on a revision to the definition itself. I have been in touch with Immigration Impact, and they have updated their original post on this subject. Thank you all for your opinions and feedback."

In the American Heritage Dictionary the term Anchor baby is as defined - A child born to a noncitizen mother in a country that grants automatic citizenship to children born on its soil, especially such a child born to parents seeking to secure eventual citizenship for themselves and often other members of their family.

The term is a derogatory statement and should be labeled as such. The definition of the word makes it sound like the purpose of undocumented people coming to a country is to intentionally have babies only to secure them a spot for later citizenship. This definition is simply not true and it is no one's sole purpose to do to use their children in such a way. it's dehumanizing, an attack on an innocent child and says more about the user of such a term than the one being labeled.

So we need to label this term a derogatory or remove it from the dictionary!

Recent signatures

    News

    1. USA Today: Dictionary's definition of 'anchor baby' draws fire

      Jackie  Mahendra
      Petition Organizer

      After deciding to update the definition, a spokesperson for the dictionary told USA Today, "They are completely right, we should change it...This is a change that needs to be made." Congrats to everyone who signed and shared Jennifer's Change.org petition and the blog post on Immigration Impact -- this speedy victory is clear evidence of the power we each have to make change. Now, who's next?

    2. American heritage Dictionary is labelling the term as a derogatory word!!!

      Jennifer Chenoweth
      Petition Organizer

      Jennifer - Hi - I'm the executive editor of the American Heritage Dictionary. I've been in contact with Mary at Immigration Impact since Friday. The lack of an offensive label at "anchor baby" was an error which I acknowledge and apologize for. The offensive label has since been added in our online dictionary and will be dealt with in print in upcoming printings. We are still working on revising the definition itself, too.

      I signed your online petition, but please know that we're already working on it. Thank you for your passion in this regard.

      Please check out immigration impact's website -- they have full details about the change, etc. in their update.

      -- Steve

    3. Reached 50 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Steve Kleinedler MALDEN, MA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I am the executive editor of the American Heritage Dictionary. We have already updated the website to include an Offensive label. This is an omission on our part that I acknowledge and apologize for. We are working on a revision to the definition itself. I have been in touch with Immigration Impact, and they have updated their original post on this subject. Thank you all for your opinions and feedback.

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    • Leanna Creel LA, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      This term is embarrassing and hateful. Please don't recognize it in the dictionary. Thank you.

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    • D B BEND, OR
      • almost 3 years ago

      www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Hope-for-positive-outcome-at-Immigration-Master-Hearing-in-Removal-Proceedings-of-Damien-Brady/

      Hope positive outcome Immigration Master Hearing in Deportation Removal Proceedings of Damien Brady on March 26, 2012,

      Please sign and share. Thank you.

      My child is Ezriel, he does not deserve to be isolated

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    • Robert Unferth PHOENIX, AZ
      • almost 3 years ago

      What a hate filled thing to call a baby. And the part of the definition that reads "especially such a child born to parents seeking to secure eventual citizenship for themselves and often other members of their family" should be labeled "Myth," or, perhaps, "Ridiculous Myth."

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    • B L VANCOUVER, CANADA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I support this cause. Please also check out the petition I created to help address human trafficking in the province of British Columbia. http://www.change.org/petitions/minister-of-public-safety-and-solicitor-general-increase-octips-budget-to-750000-annually-and-rehire-robin-pike

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