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anchor baby

[ang-ker bey-bee] /ˈæŋ kər ˌbeɪ bi/
noun, Disparaging and Offensive.
a term used to refer to a baby born to an undocumented mother in a country where the baby becomes a citizen at birth, especially when the birth is planned to facilitate eventual legal residency for the family.
Origin of anchor baby
First recorded in 1995-2000; from the parents' intent to "anchor" themselves and not be deported Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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