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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020