President Trump ends birth tourism

Birth tourism is the practice of traveling to another country for the purpose of giving birth in that country. The main reason for birth tourism is to obtain citizenship for the child in a country with birthright citizenship (jus soli). Such a child is sometimes called an “anchor baby” if their citizenship is intended to help their parents obtain permanent residency in the country. Other reasons for birth tourism include access to public schooling, healthcare, sponsorship for the parents in the future, or circumvention of China’s two-child policy that, in 2015, replaced Beijing’s more draconian one-child per-couple policy. Popular destinations for birth tourism include the United States and Canada.

According to The Washington Times, some pregnant foreign women pay as much as $100,000 to be ferried into the U.S. on a visitor’s visa, arriving just in time to give birth on American soil and instantly make their baby a U.S. citizen.

President Trump is putting an end to birth tourism.

Yesterday, Jan. 23, 2020, the Trump administration announced a policy that takes effect today, under which State Department consular officials will now be able to refuse to grant short-term tourism or business visas to women they believe are attempting to travel solely for the purpose of birth tourism. 

The Trump administration called birth tourism “a threat to the security of the United States” because the very integrity of U.S. citizenship is at stake if people are able to trick their way into obtaining legal status and its benefits for their newborns. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said: “The birth tourism industry threatens to overburden valuable hospital resources and is rife with criminal activity. Closing this glaring immigration loophole will combat these endemic abuses and ultimately protect the United States from the national security risks created by this practice.”

Carl C. Risch, assistant secretary at the State Department, said:

  • The rules need to take effect immediately, without public hearings or comment, because of the national security implications: “Permitting short-term visitors with no demonstrable ties to the United States to obtain visas to travel to the United States primarily to obtain U.S. citizenship for a child creates a potential long-term vulnerability for national security. Foreign governments or entities, including entities of concern to the United States, may seek to benefit from birth tourism for purposes that would threaten the security of the United States.”
  • Under current law, there is nothing specifically illegal in asking for a visa to come to the U.S. to give birth. In fact, U.S. embassies and consulates report a growing number of people who list giving birth as their stated reason for asking for a visa.
  • Only women believed to be traveling specifically to give birth on tourist visas will be denied. Women seeking visas for other purposes but who are still likely to give birth will continue to be eligible for approval; women coming to the U.S. for specialized medical care for their pregnancies will be able to argue the merits of their cases.

A Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) report last month calculated that about 33,000 women on short-term business or tourism passes, known as B visas, give birth in the U.S. each year. Another 39,000 foreign women on other visas, such as student or work visas, also give birth in the U.S. They would not be subject to the new rule. Neither would the hundreds of thousands of births to illegal immigrant women.

Jessica Vaughan, a former State Department officer and now policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies, said the new rule is a first step in fixing a big problem, but border officers should be empowered along with State Department employees. Under the U.S. system, the State Department approved the visas, but it’s Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection officers who have final say on admitting people at ports of entry.

Predictably, immigrant rights activists complain that the new rule may lead to overreach by officers who will strain to figure out who should be barred. Kerri Talbot, director of federal advocacy at the Immigration Hub, said: “It is absurd that the Trump administration is turning embassy employees into reproductive policemen. Women will have to conceal their pregnancies just to get a tourist visa to visit the United States.”

Of course, the most permanent solution to birth tourism is to change the U.S.’s “birthright citizenship” policy where almost anyone born on American soil is automatically deemed a citizen. President Trump has talked about attempting to change the policy through executive action but has not followed through. Legal analysts doubt he has the power to change it. There’s a larger debate over whether Congress could change it or whether it would require amending the Constitution’s 14th Amendment.

China is a major source of birthright tourism.

Last year, 19 people were accused of running birth tourism operations in Southern California, aimed at wealthy Chinese women who paid up to $100,000 each and were coached on how to get visas and how to conceal their pregnancies from consular officials and border officers. After they entered the U.S., the women were kept in apartments for the final months of their pregnancies so they could deliver on U.S. soil and trigger the automatic citizenship policy.

Last September, one of the 19 pleaded guilty. Her operation, You Win USA Vacation Services Corp., was responsible for 500 birth tourists, and she collected $3 million in fees over two years. But the women who gave birth were not sanctioned because coming to the U.S. to give birth was not against the law. Nor can the citizenship of their born-in-the-USA children be revoked.

In addition to China, Russia is another major source of birth tourism. Ironically, according to news outlets, President Trump’s hotel properties are frequent destinations for Russian birth tourists.

~Eowyn

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greenworxx
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greenworxx

It’s a good start to this massive problem but needs to end with an amendment to the 14th Amendment to address anchor babies from illegal aliens.

CalGirl
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Ditto green…. Took my words before I contributed. What OTHER country on Earth gives automatic “citizenship” if your birthing mother gets herself across a border just in time to give you “advent” into citizenship there (in our case, American citizenship) by virtue of geographical birth? IF YOU ARE A CITIZEN OF ANOTHER COUNTRY—– your children born on our soil should be born with the citizenship of their PARENTS., THAT’S how it works for OUR US Citizens who give birth abroad. What’s w/the quirky reversal when it comes to OUR OWN INTERESTS? For sure, there should be provision for them, those… Read more »

tyrone
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tyrone

IF YOU ARE A CITIZEN OF ANOTHER COUNTRY—– your children born on our soil should be born with the citizenship of their PARENTS., THAT’S how it works for OUR US Citizens who give birth abroad. That’s just NOT TRUE! I have dual citizenship in a EU country because my USA parents gave birth while legally in that country. But when their work visas ended, they HAD TO LEAVE and they had to take me because I could not care for myself. I am totally welcome back in that country of birth once I can care for myself! Unlike what is… Read more »

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

What that means is that you are not a ‘Natural Born” U.S. citizen. Like obama and so many others who have, and are, attempting to infiltrate the office of the Presidency since, not being eligible, …not a natural born citizen of any where.

CalGirl
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CalGirl

Exactly what I said, Tyrone—-“welcomed back in that country of birth once I can take care for myself.” ONLY I said it to be able to “apply for US citizenship at the age of majority.” Big words. Study up.

tyrone
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tyrone

Nope, spin it how you want, but facts are facts. I realize you are trying to save face for your being incorrect, but insulting me is certainly not justified.

You claimed I was born with the citizenship of my parents, but I was not. Upon birth, I was immediately given citizenship by the country of my birth, NOT USA, the country of my parents. After my parents returned to the USA, filed an application with USA for my foreign birth, was I then permitted to be a USA citizen.

CalGirl
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PS—Tyrone….I mean overall to agree with you—children of any nationality born here or NOT…legally should remain in the custody of their parents and NOT be used as a “chip” or emotional appeal for chain migration/citizenship. Born on our soil (you said you had “dual citizenship” so, you had a choice/or lifelong duality to work any way you want) you belong with your parents, who, if they are required to leave the country due to the expiration of the terms of the visa granted to them…..should leave and take you with them, B/C you are their child and belong with them.… Read more »

billofrightsandlefts
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billofrightsandlefts

Before an amendment we need a decision on whether anyone born in the U.S. is a citizen.

Alma
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Alma

One of the greatest accomplishments of the last 50 years. Thank You President Donald J. Trump. I’d be interesting to know if the embassy’s personnel that are expecting a birth, are they having their babies inside the embassy or are they transported to an American hospital, and, if that is the case, the child has the nationality of the mother and/or dual citizenship?

Michael Garrison
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Michael Garrison

I love Trump, but he continues to ship in the Muslims which, when you understand Revelation from the original manuscripts, they are here to kill or convert us Christians, as well as take over our Country.
Trump, as a Freemason, has to listen to his “boss” which happens to be Russia, simply because Russia controls this world for the fallen angels, via the secret societies.

The coronavirus was designed for a Winter Harvest of souls. This virus comes from Russia.

She, Her, Mrs.
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She, Her, Mrs.

Trump is a Freemason? Where is the evidence of this?

D3F1ANT
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D3F1ANT

Uh oh…the Democrats will go berserk over this one! Which is hard to recognize since it’s their baseline of late…

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

It is a simple matter of fact that there has never been any U.S. statute that grants U.S. citizenship based on birth on U.S. soil alone. It is most often credited to the introductory phrase of the 14th amendment, but is a total misrepresentation of what the 14th amendment claims. the true meaning of the phrase is merely a reiteration of what was all ready understood at that time; those born in the United States to parents who are citizens of the United States are them selves citizens of the United States. This was common knowledge at the time of… Read more »

Kevin
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Kevin

This will be blocked by a leftist obama or clinton judge as usual.

TrailDust
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I agree that the “birthright citizenship” policy is the heart of the problem. Until that is removed I see no hope of fixing the problem.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

We, as a nation, have been chumps for long enough. Thank goodness President Trump has at least plugged this hole in the dike.