Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce wants to deport American-born citizen children.
Running high on his victory in passing SB 1070, Pearce is thinking big. His next target becomes clear in a series of emails (pdf): the citizen children of undocumented immigrants. His goal: deny birth certificates to American-born babies who cannot prove they have at least one U.S. citizen parent, so that when Arizona law enforcement comes around demanding, “papers, please,” they won’t be able to demonstrate that they are American, born and raised. While he and his friends refer to these infants as “anchor babies,” that’s nothing but nativist, xenophobic, racist code for “American-born citizen children (that we don’t want).”
And as Amie Newman points out on RH Reality Check, there is a huge dose of sexism and misogyny mixed in with this anti-immigrant rhetoric. One email, which Pearce says he agrees with, reads, “If we are going to have an effect on the anchor baby racket, we need to target the mother. Call it sexist, but that’s the way nature made it. Men don’t drop anchor babies, illegal alien mothers do.” Okay, I’ll call it: referring to pregnant women in labor as dropping anchor babies is sexist.
Pearce’s correspondent, concerned about the expense of DNA tests to prove paternity in court and opening that “can of worms,” further suggests: “if the woman is illegally here, so is her baby. I also think the mandate should be retrogressive. End of story.” Hmm … perhaps fathers’ rights activists should also be especially concerned about Pearce’s plan. How would you feel if your American-born child was deported, even though you’re an American citizen?