Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Tens Of Thousands Of Foreign Nationals On Temporary Visas Are Giving Birth In The US Every Year, Study Finds

A newly-released study estimates that are tens of thousands births annually in the United States by foreign nationals on temporary visas, highlighting the robust “birth tourism” industry.
The Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, D.C. think tank that advocates for decreased immigration, released a study that estimates there are about 39,000 births annually to guest workers, foreign students, and others staying on long-term temporary visas. An additional 33,000 births a year, the study found, take place by tourists — bringing this total to 72,000.
“Our analysis makes clear that the number of children born to visitors is not trivial; and over time the numbers are substantial,” Steven Camarota, the CIS director of research and the study’s lead author, said in a statement. “It seems doubtful that the framers of the Fourteenth Amendment could have anticipated that tens of thousands of people each year would automatically be granted citizenship simply because their parents were on a temporary visit to the United States at the time of their birth.”
The new study — which relied on birth certificate and Census Bureau data — places a focus on what is known as “birth tourism,” the occurrence of foreign, pregnant women traveling to the U.S. shortly before their due dates so their children will be awarded U.S. citizenship upon birth.
Many foreign nationals, well aware of U.S. birthright citizenship laws, are willing to shell out a lot of money to ensure their baby is an American.
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