Why we need limited birth citizenship…

Please read and share “Chinese Maternity Tourists and the Business of Being Born American” by Susan Berfield, who takes readers “Inside the Homeland Security crackdown on deluxe services helping Chinese women have American babies.”

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-13/chinese-maternity-tourists-and-the-business-of-being-born-american

Excerpts:

  • “He and her husband paid USA Happy Baby $50,000 to have an American son. If they had to, she says, they’d have paid more.”
  • “When the kids turn 21 they can petition for green cards for their parents, too.”
  • “Although it’s legal to travel to the U.S. to give birth, it’s illegal to lie about the purpose of a visit — or coach someone to do so.”
  • “Homeland Security and the IRS have been investigating the growing business of ‘birth tourism,’ which operates in a legal gray area, since last June. The industry is totally unregulated and mostly hidden.”
  • “The Center for Immigration Studies, an American organization that advocates limiting the scope of the 14th Amendment, estimates there could have been as many as 36,000 birth tourists from around the world in 2012.”
  • “In China, there’s nothing secret about birth tourism. It’s just another way to help a child get ahead. A hit 2013 movie, Finding Mr. Right, told the story of a woman who goes to America to give birth. That same year, 68 percent of people surveyed by Internet provider Tencent said they would want their child to be born in the States ‘if opportunity allows.’ The maternity services maintain blogs and a steady patter of self-promotion. USA Happy Baby featured an ad with a baby lying on an American flag; Dong, the owner, regularly posted pictures of smiling customers, their newborns, and their U.S. passports. ‘The moms must be missing the time at our maternity center. It was real fun. Everything was taken care of. You lived like a “queen,”‘ read a post on social media by another service, called Enchong.”
  • “There’s already a new phrase in use among potential birth tourists: cheng shi qian, or ‘honest visa application.’ Zhai encourages this. She also recommends entering the U.S. through a city other than Los Angeles. ‘Las Vegas is really easy because everyone goes there to gamble, no matter if you’re a senior or pregnant,’ she says. ‘If you cannot cross the border, we cannot make money.'”
  • “All the maternity centers boast of their success helping customers get visas and pass through customs. Zhai says that of Enchong’s 600 clients in 2014, no more than four were turned away at U.S. airports. The centers promise that in California there is no pollution, noise, or crowd — something that can’t be bought in China. They offer trips to Disneyland and SeaWorld; You Win, one of the services under scrutiny, took a group of husbands to a shooting range.
  • “According to an affidavit filed by HSI, the agent in China was told by a You Win ‘trainer’ to apply for a U.S. visa with someone who travels regularly and wouldn’t raise suspicions about the purpose of the visit. If she didn’t know anybody, the trainer would supply someone for $9,600. ‘If the story is convincing and she is good-looking, then the success rate will be pretty high when she goes for the visa interview,’ the trainer said. Concocting the story was included in the price. The undercover HSI agent got her visa and made plans to fly to the U.S. Sometime after that, Chen told his client that he might make as much as $2 million in 2014.”
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