Jeb Bush Says 'Anchor Babies' Is a Common Term

In a tense exchange with reporters in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Jeb Bush called children of illegal immigrants born in the United States "anchor babies." During a radio interview, Bush was asked if he regretted using the term, he said "No, I don't regret it." Although he did ask the reporter, "Do you have a better term? You give me a better term and I'll use it. I'm serious." Bush then went on to say "Here's the deal, what I said was it's commonly referred to that. That's what I said. I didn't use it as my own language."

The exchange shows the pressure Republican presidential candidates are facing as Donald Trump has taken a hard-line on illegal immigration as the GOP is working to win favor with Hispanics and minority voters. Trump's support for ending birthright citizenship has forced the GOP field to answer the same question. On Thursday, Bush also said "You want to get to the policy, for a second? I think that people born in this country oughta be American citizens."

He then added that "this whole immigration debate is hurtful for a lot of people. I think we need to tone down the rhetoric a little." On Thursday, Hillary Clinton jumped in by tweeting “How about "babies," "children," or "American citizens."

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