ABC News reporter Tom Llamas told Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump that the term "anchor baby" was offensive during a town hall on Wednesday in New Hampshire (video below).
“That’s an offensive term, people find that hurtful,” Llamas told Trump, notes Mediaite.com.
Trump replied, "You mean it’s not politically correct, and yet everybody uses it."
Llamas persisted, "Look it up in the dictionary. It’s offensive!"
However, Trump was steadfast, "I’ll use the word 'anchor baby.' Excuse me, I’ll use the word 'anchor baby.'"
Trump recently revealed his plans for immigration reform on his website, which include: "End birthright citizenship. This remains the biggest magnet for illegal immigration."
However, birthright citizenship is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.
The New York Daily News notes that Trump said on Wednesday that “a lot of people” don't think that applies to “anchor babies” who are born in the U.S. to parents who are not citizens.
Trump also lamented that those babies are entitled to “Social Security, Medicare, education. Give me a break! It doesn’t work that way. The parents have to come in legally.”