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UPDATE: American Heritage Dictionary Responds to “Anchor Baby” Definition Criticism

UPDATE: American Heritage Dictionary Responds to “Anchor Baby” Definition Criticism

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In response to ImmigrationImpact.com’s and HS News critique of the definition of “anchor baby” included in the latest edition of the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, the executive editor of the dictionary has agreed to revise the definition of to reflect the derogatory nature of the term. In conversations with Mary Giovagnoli, Director of the Immigration Policy Center, Executive Editor Steven Kleinedler promised a swift and careful revision of the term. Mr. Kleinedler noted that the editors are already undergoing further review on how the term is commonly used and said “we will be adding a label to the term, either derogatory or offensive, which I acknowledge should have been done in the first place, and we will determine how to revise the definition. Then on Monday we begin making the actual change—first on the website, and then we begin propagating the change out to the electronic products and in the next printing.”

We all need to continue to monitor the changes and urge the editors to adopt a definition that reflects the truly insidious nature of this term.