WASHINGTON (CNN) – The latest buzz words on the 2016 campaign trail are causing a mix of controversy for one GOP candidate in particular.
Jeb Bush recently used the words ‘anchor baby’ while discussing immigration. The phrase is generally used describe children born in the U.S. to non-citizens in order to secure them legal residency.
The latest misstep comes from Jeb Bush at the U.S.-Mexico border. Asked if he was worried using the term “anchor babies,” considered offensive by many Latinos, could cost him the Hispanic vote.
“Frankly it’s more related to Asian people coming into our country, having children,” said Jeb Bush, (R) Presidential Candidate.
Frontrunner Donald Trump slammed Bush on twitter this morning, saying “Asians are very offended” and that Bush was trying to be “more politically correct to Hispanics.”
“Of course we were horrified that they would start, framing the entire, you know the Asian American community using the derogatory term of anchor babies,” said Christine Chen, Executive Director Asian & Pacific Islander American Vote.
While Trump, Bush, and other republican candidates have used the term, some have stayed away.
“I just don’t think calling human beings names ever is helpful,” said Carly Fiorina, (R) Presidential Candidate.
The left has seized on the controversy, with democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton suggesting other terms to use besides anchor babies, tweeting: “how about ‘babies,’ ‘children,’ or ‘American citizens.'”
Bush on Tuesday staying away from the controversial term, saying at a town hall, “I was talking about a very narrow casted, system of fraud, where people are bringing child, bringing pregnant women in to have babies, to get birthright citizenship.”
Using the term anchor baby seems to have had no negative effect on Trump’s standing, a new poll of South Carolina republicans shows the business mogul leading the GoP pack by double digits.
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