‘Birth Tourism’ on Rise in Calif.

In the United States, there is an increasing number of pregnant women coming to give birth to their children, as part of a growing immigration trend affecting California in particular.

The practice, known as “birth tourism,” involves mothers entering the United States on tourist visas to give birth, securing American citizenship for their baby, and then returning to their home country until the child is old enough to return to the U.S. for better educational and job opportunities.


Once that child is 21, a petition can be filed to obtain legal U.S. residency for the parents. Another immigration loophole that no one had bothered to close.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics the mothers of 7,719 children born in the United States in 2010 reported that they lived overseas, an increase of almost 55 percent since 2000.

And this practice has become even more common in California, where there are now more than 40 maternity operations hosting around 1,000 foreign women in the Los Angeles area alone, according to the Bee.

The United States and Canada are the only remaining developed countries that grant birthright citizenship. Isn’t this about time that this was changed, as it is an obvious burden to the American taxpayer, who must foot the bill for all of these “anchor baby” births?

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