The Trump Administration is planning to crack down on the practice of birth tourism, where thousands of foreign pregnant women enter the US on a visa, give birth to children who automatically gain American citizenship, and then take the babies back home or to another country.
The move comes as President Trump continues to buckle down on the immigration front.
The administration has been preparing to expand a travel ban to restrict certain immigrants from entering the US
Trump officials in recent days have also asked the Supreme Court to move forward with a rule that would make it easier to deny legal status to immigrants whose families are deemed likely to use publicly funded programs.
The Center for Immigration Studies, a group that advocates for stricter immigration laws, estimated that in Y 2012, about 36,000 foreign-born women gave birth in the US, then left the country.
Cutting down on birth tourism “is intended to address the national security and law enforcement risks associated with birth tourism, including criminal activity associated with the birth tourism industry,” a State Department official told the press
President Trump has spoken out against the provision in the US Constitution that allows “birthright citizenship” and has vowed to end it, although legal experts are divided on whether he can actually do that.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day,” the senior official added. “Just the legal recognition that this is improper and wrong and not allowed is a significant step forward.”
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