A post Tuesday examined the controversy over the term "anchor baby," a pejorative reference to children of undocumented immigrants, as a new entry in the American Heritage Dictionary.
The original entry defined the politically loaded term as a neutral one, prompting a harsh critique of the dictionary publishers' decision by Immigration Policy Center director Mary Giovagnoli on the Immigration Impact website. This in turn promoted a response from Steven Kleinedler, executive director of the American Heritage Dictionary, who promised a revision. On Monday, a new definition of "anchor baby" as "a disparaging term" was published online.
Part of the discussion among those who posted comments under Giovagnoli's critique and other reports was whether "anchor baby" should be in the dictionary in the first place. ColorLines magazine has a Q&A with Kleinedler in which he explains why, but admits it was a mistake to define the term neutrally. From the interview ("Q" and "A" added by me for clarification):