The Trump administration has appropriately taken action against birth tourism. It has issued a rule that “travel to the United States with the primary purpose of obtaining U.S. citizenship for a child by giving birth in the United States is an impermissible basis for the issuance of a B nonimmigrant visa.”
This is an important step, but, of course, there will be legal challenges. Birth tourism is just one part of the problem with ABC, Accidental Birthright Citizenship.
Tell your Representative to support HR 140 to jettison birthright citizenship.
Last year, Dongyuan Li, a 41-year-old Chinese woman living in Irvine, California, pleaded guilty to immigration fraud for running a birth tourism business in which she helped pregnant Chinese women come to the U.S. to give birth. Her business received $3 million in wire transfers from China in two years.
While birth tourism may be the most egregious abuse, it is only part of the problem. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, about 372,000 babies are born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants, tourists, and other non-citizens each year, about 8 percent of all U.S. births. Granting citizenship to anyone and everyone born on U.S. soil has led to a flourishing birth tourism industry and serves as an inducement for more illegal immigration.
In spite of the misimpression presented by the media, the Supreme Court has never ruled that the 14th Amendment of the Constitution—passed to ensure that former slaves were considered U.S. citizens—grants citizenship to the American-born children of illegal aliens, foreign students, tourists, or temporary foreign workers in the United States.
Industrialized nations in Europe and across the globe have ended birthright citizenship. Even the “immigrant nations” of New Zealand and Australia have abolished it in recent decades.
Let Congress know that it is time for America to join the 21st century by passing HR 140, the Birthright Citizenship Act.
Tell the House to pass HR 140 to eliminate automatic citizenship for children of those who are here illegally or on temporary visas.