Anchor Baby: The New Racial Epithet?

In our June/July 2008 issue, we featured a short story by contributing writer Franziska Castillo on our Hot Topics page called, “Don’t Call Me an Anchor Baby.” The piece focused on an anti-immigration bill that was being petitioned for the November 2008 election battle in Arizona. The Birthright Citizenship Alignment Act intended to force state hospitals to check parent’s immigration status and deny birth certificates to suspected illegal newborns, insultingly referred to as “anchor babies.” Thankfully, after pulling up Arizona’s November ballot, the bill did not make the cut. Our story however, inspired one reader, Celeste De Luna, an artist/activist to create this beautiful art. Thank you for sharing with us, Celeste!