Was I an Anchor Baby?
I am a 45-year-old male born in the United States. My mother and father were each born in ex-Yugoslavia (she Serbia and he Croatia). My father arrived in this country via a green card about four years before I was born, and my mother arrived 16 months before I was born after being petitioned to enter the United States by my father. I was the first person from either side of my family to be born in the United States. When I was born, my father told my mother that now they would never be deported because they have an American-born son. Many years later, both of my parents became citizens. Was I an anchor baby? I speak good English, Spanish and some limited Serbian. I don't look Hispanic, but what do I tell my Hispanic friends?
Spanish-Speaking Serbian-American Living in Houston
A so-called anchor baby is an American citizen — it says so in the U.S. Constitution. In popular parlance, it's a term used by Know Nothings to deride the children of immigrants whom relatives can use to sponsor visas and other government goodies. Though the Know Nothings would love to have you believe only illegal Mexicans are capable of anchor babies, cases like yours have been occurring since the days of Virginia Dare. Not only that, but the etymological roots of "anchor baby" suggests legal or illegal status doesn't matter; a 1987 Los Angeles Times Magazine (RIP) article examining the burden of young Vietnamese refugees trying to earn enough money to get their family out of refugee camps referred to them as "anchor children."
"Anchor baby," on the other mano, is a slur of a recent provenance — the earliest reference the Mexican found in the mainstream media was a January 7, 1997, Providence Journal-Bulletin story that quoted Federation for American Immigration Reform president Dan Stein as saying public benefits "encourage immigrant families to conceive 'anchor babies' so they can remain in this country and collect benefits." Stein — whose organization is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center — can't claim the creator's mantle for the term, however: The excellent etymology Web site doubletongued.org lists a 1996 Usenet posting as the term's earliest recorded date, and I'm sure dinosaurs like the California Coalition for Immigration Reform and other pioneer anti-immigrant pendejos bandied it around before.
How all this relates to you: You weren't an anchor baby. Your parents were already here legally, and your citizenship can't stop your parents from a trip with la migra. Hope this clears up things, and make sure to boil the Houston water before you drink it!
I have read your book and religiously follow your stuff online. But I still am not informed enough about the sex lives of Mexican men. I fell in love with a man in Mexico, and I'm trying to find him again but I have a few questions. First of all, are Mexican men good in bed, and what is the average penis size? I know that women are supposed to remain virgins until marriage — is this the same with men? Do they sleep around a lot if they don't have to be virgins? The Suzanne Who Fell Hard for Reno
Penis-size surveys are like Guatemalans — there are a bunch of them but few are reputable. Using my own wang and life as an example, I'll say that the average Mexican man packs John Holmes in his pants; he has no expectations of virginity before marriage for him but expects his conquests to have only seen a penis in a World Book Encyclopedia entry. He beds ten mujeres a night and is such an extraordinary lover that he could make a chick orgasm by uncapping his bottle of Tapatío.
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