Back in August 2010, I did a post on Birthright Citizenship. It addressed the 14th Amendment and "anchor babies".
This week there have been reports of "maternity hotels" in California, where pregnant women from other countries pay a fee and are then taken to the United States to have their babies. It's called "birth tourism". And the best part (said with sarcasm) is...we aren't doing anything to stop it. There's even a website dedicated to it.
According to the Los Angeles Times:
USA Baby Care's website makes no attempt to hide why the company's clients travel to Southern California from China and Taiwan. It's to give birth to an American baby.
"Congratulations! Arriving in the U.S. means you've already given your child a surefire ticket for winning the race," the site says in Chinese. "We guarantee that each baby can obtain a U.S. passport and related documents."
Isn't that great?
A passort isn't the only benefit these babies gain:
That passport is just the beginning of a journey that will lead some of the children back to the United States to take advantage of free public schools and low-interest student loans, as the website notes. The whole family may eventually get in on the act, since parents may be able to piggyback on the child's citizenship and apply for a green card when the child turns 21.The article goes on to say there are "possibly hundreds" of companies operating "maternity hotels" in California. Women pay as much as $20,000 for the privilege of birthing their babies in America.
Here's something you'll enjoy:
The road to giving birth in the U.S. begins with an in-person interview at an American consulate in the woman's home country. Neither pregnancy nor the intent to give birth in the U.S. are disqualifying factors. The primary concern is making sure the applicant will not remain in the country indefinitely, the State Department said.
Likewise, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers do not refuse entry because a woman is coming to give birth.Guess their kid coming back to the USA later in life, and possibly taking the family along with them, isn't a concern either.
"Obviously, the only reason it happens at all is because we permit it," said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates reduced immigration. "They're not doing anything illegal. The question for policymakers is, 'Is this a good idea?'"Duh....
Are you as sick and tired of people taking advantage of America as I am? It is unconscionable that we do not have a law stopping activities like selling US citizenship. Isn't that just common sense? But then again, since when do we ever use common sense in this country? We are our own worse enemy.
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