Jeb Bush says 'anchor babies' term not derogatory, describes fraud

Former Florida Governor and Republican candidate for president Jeb Bush greets supporters at a VFW town hall event in MerrimackU.S. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Monday said his use of the term “anchor babies” to describe U.S.-born children of non-citizen parents was taken out of context and not derogatory, saying he was referring solely to activity he views as fraudulent. During a news conference in McAllen, Texas, which is close to the border with Mexico, Bush said it was “ludicrous” to suggest his use of the phrase in a radio interview last week was offensive to immigrants, and he blamed Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton for the fracas. “I was focusing on a specific, targeted kind of case where people are organizing to bring pregnant women into the country” to have children, Bush said.

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