Born in the USA: Birth Tourism

Exploiting the true meaning of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, enacted after the Civil War to grant citizenship to descendants of slaves.

Ever hear of it? Sounds familiar … perhaps vaguely recall?  Lets’ get right to the facts … the news stories go back a few years, but the practice continues with increasing numbers because “birth tourism commodifies U.S. citizenship rather than keeping it something that is earned through the legal immigration system” to quote of an official of the Center for Immigration Studies.

Well, the story began to be reported by news organizations across the country: ABC News, Huffington Post, NY Times, LA Times, Washington Post, USA Today, etc.

Back somewhere around 2010 through 2015, it was called “birth tourism”. Birth Tourism is defined as travel to another country for the purpose of giving birth in that country. “Anchor baby” is another related term which can have negative connotations. Reasons for the practice include access to the destination country’s healthcare system, circumvention of communist China’s one-child policy and in countries that recognize jus soli (the principle in law according to which children’s citizenship is determined by the place of their birth) birthright citizenship for the child (Encarta English Dictionary) … we, the US have birthright citizenship in our constitution (Article 14). This is an interesting story of fraud and deceit with strong parallels to the illegal immigrants coming across our southern border. The children will be American citizens, entitled to birth certificates and passports, educations as citizens – and, when they turn 21, able to help their parents become legal residents of the United States … just as the poo Mexican and Central American children will. Both are taking advantage of the 14th amendment as they commit fraud and deceit, one group with wealth, while the other group with little.

The number of U.S. births to non-resident mothers rose 53 percent between 2000 and 2006, according to the most recent data from the National Center for Health Statistics. As a comparison, total births rose 5 percent in the same period.

From newspaper reports, we learn that there are luxury hotels that market birth tourism packages to expectant mothers abroad, luring more than a dozen pregnant guests and their families to the United States to give birth … “What we offer is simply a one-bedroom suite accommodation for $7,750, plus taxes, for a month, with airport transfer, baby cradle and a gift set for the mother,” the hotel spokeswoman said. The hotel estimates the total cost of the package $45,000. Most women stay for two months, and they make medical arrangements on their own. “Guests arrange and pay for these by themselves,” – hospital costs can approach $30,000. Some consider staying permanently … People who provide false information in order to gain entry to the U.S. pose a potential security vulnerability,” to quote an ICE Official.

While Mexican, Koreans and families from other countries have also engaged in so-called birth tourism, in recent years it has been most often Chinese families who have been willing to pay large sums to have their children born in the United States. The births usually occur in Southern California, where, one of the affidavits said, Chinese women delivered more than 400 American babies at just one Orange County hospital. One of the businesses said that since it began in 1999, it had served 8,000 pregnant women, 4,000 of them Chinese. The affidavits quote Chinese government sources as reporting that Chinese nationals had 10,000 babies in the United States in 2012, up from 4,200 in 2008.

For those with the means to pay, it’s a small price to give a child the full benefits of U.S. citizenship, including the ability to travel freely to and from the United States, easy access to a U.S. education and a chance to start a life here. It has involved wealthy Chinese women coming to the U.S. to have their babies, thereby ensuring U.S. Citizenship for the child along with all the benefits that citizenship carries. These women had “birth houses” to go to and much cash and loaded credit cards to support them … some actually claimed poverty to receive the pre-natal and birth care free from unsuspecting hospitals … all the while they shopped at Louis Vitton and Rolex stores!



  • When will Congress have the intestinal fortitude act to change the 14th amendment – Change the word “person” to citizen … in essence at least one parent must be a legal citizen of the U.S. for child to be granted citizenship.
  • When will our duly elected Senators and Representatives fulfill their sworn oath of office: “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States …”?
  • When will Congress have the courage and strength of character to fix our broken immigration system?
  • When will Congress’s actions and decisions benefit the citizens of the United States rather than the lobbyists and their own self-interest?


Respectfully submitted,

Charlie Roberts

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