A news report about maternity hotels reveals how important it is to Chinese women that their children gain American citizenship.
I have a friend on Facebook who always manages to find these kinds of stories. Otherwise, it would have disappeared without a trace as far as I was concerned. In my opinion, this story deserved nationwide media attention because it is directly related to our controversy over amnesty and immigration law. Yet I haven’t seen or heard any real discussion of what this story teaches us.
In fact, the story itself seems to relegate the most important information to the very last paragraph. That’s a big no-no in newspaper writing since you are supposed to put the most salient facts at the top of the column in case your reader doesn’t have time to read it all.
So here is the headline from NBC News: “Feds Raid California ‘Maternity Hotels’ for Birth Tourists.”
So what is birth tourism? Obviously, it seems to mean that people travel to foreign locations to give birth. But what is the motive for it? Why is there an incentive to travel to another land to give birth to your child?
Southern California apartment complexes that doubled as “maternity hotels” for Chinese women who want made-in-America babies were raided early Tuesday, capping an unprecedented federal sting operation, officials said.
NBC News was on the scene as Homeland Security agents swept into The Carlyle, a luxury property in Irvine, California, which housed pregnant women and new moms who allegedly forked over $40,000 to $80,000 to give birth in the United States.
“I am doing this for the education of the next generation,” one of the women told NBC News.
None of the women were arrested; they are being treated as material witnesses, and paramedics were on hand in case any of them went into labor during the sweep.
What difference does it make to mothers if their baby was “made in America”? And what does that have to do with the education of the next generation?
Finally, those who read the story to the end get the full explanation.
The organizers who allegedly ran the Carlyle site, Chao Chen and Dong Li, used a website to drum up business, touting the benefits of a child with U.S. citizenship: 13 years of free education, low-cost college financial aid, less pollution, and a path for the entire family to emigrate when the child becomes an adult.
Thus, we get the indirect admission that any woman of any nationality who successfully gives birth in the United States is the mother of an American citizen.
So even people who have the resources to scrape together forty to eighty thousand dollars still find American citizenship an enticing value. If they value American citizenship so much, then imagine how much poorer people south of the border value it! This story provides insight on why parents in South America would pay to get their children smuggled into the states.
The system is designed to provoke such behavior. Sadly, when people advocate “immigration reform” they typically don’t mean they want to fix that problem.
PS The picture of a resort I attached to the post is actually a resort hotel in a different state that happens to also be associated with a scandal relating to foreigners seeking citizenship outside the laws.