Trump critic and comedian George Lopez attacked the president’s family on Instagram on Sunday, sharing a meme labeling several of Trump’s children as anchor babies.
The term “anchor baby” is used in the debate over illegal immigration, and refers to a child born in the U.S. granted birthright citizenship who then becomes the “anchor” that allows the child’s illegal immigrant parents to avoid deportation.
In the meme, the words “anchor baby” are superimposed over photos of President Donald Trump’s children by his first wife, Ivana, and his current wife, Melania. Each of those women is labeled “immigrant.”
Although the photo includes Barron, 13, as well as Eric, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., it omits Tiffany Trump, who was born to Trump’s second wife, Marla Maples, who is also not pictured. Maples is American-born.
Ivana Trump and Melania Trump both were born in Eastern Europe, but later became American citizens.
Although Ivana did not become a citizen until 1988, after the birth of her three children, they were American citizens at birth because their father was a U.S. citizen, according to the Associated Press.
The same would be true for Barron. Melania Trump gave birth to Barron in March 2006 and became a citizen in July 2006.
Lopez suggested that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement round up the Trumps.
“Uh , @icegov “ if your listening “ you can find these immigrants at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave – Signed Enrique Enpanada the third,” Lopez wrote in his Instagram post.
Lopez was quizzed about his treatment of Barron Trump in a brief video that aired on TMZ and was not apologetic.
“Is it fair to put kids in cages? They’re kids!” Lopez said.
Lopez did not give his comment context, but a highly-shared photo from 2018 that showed caged children who had crossed the border illegally was later shown to have been taken in 2014, during the Obama administration.
Although some posters on Instagram joined in with Lopez in attacking Trump, others criticized the actor and comedian.
“George Lopez career suffering into oblivion….try and become reverent…. pick on a kid. Hollywood land of biggest bullies and hypocrites,” one Instagram comment read.
“Bet you feel like a real macho man for picking on a 13 year old,” another comment said.
Several reponses on Twitter also attacked Lopez.
Why the kid. You’ve blamed trump, the police, now a kid. NOT ONE TIME have you called out or held ACCOUNTABLE the people/persons who should be & thts THE PARENTS. NOT ONE TIME have you HELD THEM ACCOUNTABLE for BEING SELFISH & putting their own dam kids in this situation.
— Leo L. Calhoun Jr. (@leo_calhoun) June 23, 2019
Actually if 1 of the parents is an American citizen, he/she are not anchor babies. Also, and I am just guessing here-none of his children were on Medicaid; received housing assistance, SNAP, or any of the other welfare benefits that cost American taxpayers billions a year.
— Anthony ™ (@AnthonyxNYC) June 23, 2019
I understand that early onset dementia can be a struggle, it seems to be more and more prevalent the longer DJT remains President, so I hold out a hand in friendship and hope that you will fight the good fight as you sink lower and lower into the realms of darkness and chaos.
— Vernon Baker (@VernonJBaker) June 23, 2019
Lopez has been a consistent Trump critic, and once posed for videos that made it appear as though he was urinating on Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
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