Saturday, January 13, 2018

Feds bust SoCal “birth tourism” ring for Chinese nationals

If “birthright citizenship” vaults to the top of the policy priority list, we can thank NBC News. Last night the outlet ran not one but two stories about “birth tourism,” in which mothers-to-be pay big bucks to come to the US to give birth. On the West Coast, the feds busted a ring in Irvine which had women in twenty different Southern California locations, all of whom wanted to fraudulently claim citizenship for their children:
NBC News was on the scene as Homeland Security agents swept into The Carlyle, a luxury property in Irvine, California, which housed pregnant women and new moms who allegedly forked over $40,000 to $80,000 to give birth in the United States.
“I am doing this for the education of the next generation,” one of the women told NBC News.
None of the women were arrested; they are being treated as material witnesses, and paramedics were on hand in case any of them went into labor during the sweep.
Instead, the investigation was aimed at ringleaders who pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars tax-free to help Chinese nationals obtain visas and then pamper them until they delivered in an American hospital at a discount, court papers show.
“It’s not necessarily illegal to come here to have the baby, but if you lie about your reasons for coming here, that’s visa fraud,” said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations for Los Angeles.
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On the East Coast, Homeland Security hasn’t yet caught up with the Russians in Miami. Pregnant women from Russia flock to Florida for the “status symbol” of having an American child, as well as the safety of the American health care system: --->
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