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Thursday, February 28, 2013

A New Industry: Birth Tourism

There is a new and flourishing industry in Southern California called Birth Tourism. Its clients are rich women from China or Taiwan who come to America to give birth to an American baby. The website (in Chinese language) for one of these companies, USA Baby Care, makes no attempt to hide what is going on. The website proclaims, "Congratulations! Arriving in the U.S. means you've already given your child a surefire ticket for winning the race. We guarantee that each baby can obtain a U.S. passport and related documents." USA Baby Care is one of hundreds of companies operating so-called maternity hotels tucked away in residential neighborhoods in San Gabriel Valley, Orange County, and other Southern California suburbs. Pregnant women from Chinese-speaking countries pay as much as $20,000 to stay in the facilities during their final months of pregnancy, then an additional month recuperating and waiting the new baby's passport.

The website reminds its clients that the 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. Parents may be able to piggyback on the child's citizenship and apply for a green card when the kid turns 21.

One of these birth tourism websites set forth the major benefits of paying them to make your baby an American. Parents can apply for a permanent green card without waiting for the quota. The children are entitled to attend public schools through high school completely free, which is valued at up to $10,000 per year; multiplied by 13 years, that's $135,000 U.S. taxpayer dollars. The child can apply for scholarships, and student low-interest loans for a college education. These are called anchor babies, and it's quite an industry.

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