Birth Tourism? Russians Vacation in America to Give Birth...and Get Green Cards
Yesterday President Trump met with congressional leaders to discuss immigration. Most of us are wondering, did he cave on immigration? Not cave on immigration? Donde esta el WALL? (see Immigration Special Agent Says DACA Will Cost Billions and Admit Millions… and Artist Puts Giant Mexican Baby Portrait at Border to Promote Illegal Immigration).
No mention of what's being called "birth tourism." Take a look.
A growing number of Russians are coming to the U.S. to give birth. These kids will have the right to live and work here, receive social services and, when they turn 21, will have the right to sponsor their parents for an American Green Card.
Now, the cynical blogger in me thinks there's only one reason NBC cares. They've been pushing Trump as a Russian plant for so long, they'll report anything remotely related to The Mother Land. Start a rumor Eric Trump is planning Drago's son in the next Rocky movie, the media will run with it.
Condo buildings that bear the Trump name are the most popular for the out-of-town obstetric patients, although the units are subleased from the individual owners and it's not clear if building management is aware.
There is no indication that Trump or the Trump Organization is profiting directly from birth tourism; the company and the White House did not respond to requests for comment.
But this seems problematic to me. Because it's all technically legal. Not only is it all legal, they're flaunting it with all the pride of a spritely crossdresser at a gay pride parade. There appears to be a booming industry helping Russians (and the Chinese too, according to the article) exploit loopholes in our immigration policies.
We may need to revisit our take on "natural born citizenship" to close this loophole, preventing mamas flocking to America to pop out a few Russian dumplings. Maybe, just maybe, natural born citizens should be born to Americans. Not foreigners on "vacation." Being an American is great, to be sure. But it shouldn't be as easy as "Well, papa and I wanted our little babuska to be all American boy. So we fly to Florida. Now you as American as Mikey Mouse."
Needs to stop. Agree?