Chinese Maternity Tourists and the Business of Being Born Americanhttp://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-13/chinese-maternity-tourists-and-the-business-of-being-born-american
by hidden line after 'By'Susan Berfield
8:00 PM EDT
May 12, 2015
"You Win also drove the women to South Coast Plaza, which is filled with luxury boutiques. They bought classic saffiano purses at Prada, the sparkly Abel shoes at Jimmy Choo, lingerie with rhinestones at Victorias Secret. They were regulars at Chanel and Coach. All the shops employed Mandarin speakers."
Inside the Homeland Security crackdown on deluxe services helping Chinese women have American babies
Fiona He gave birth to her second child, a boy, on Jan. 24, 2015, at Pomona Valley Hospital in Southern California. The staff was friendly, the delivery uncomplicated, and the baby healthy. He, a citizen of China, left the hospital confident she had made the right decision to come to America to have her baby.
Shed arrived in November as a customer of USA Happy Baby, one of an increasing number of agencies that bring pregnant Chinese women to the States. Like most of them, Happy Baby is a deluxe service that ushers the women through the visa process and cares for them before and after delivery.
There are many reasons to have a baby in the U.S. The air is cleaner, the doctors generally are better, and pain medication is dispensed more readily. Couples can evade Chinas one-child policy, because they dont have to register the birth with local authorities. The main appeal of being a birth tourist, though, is that the newborn goes home with a U.S. passport. The 14th Amendment decrees that almost any child born on U.S. soil is automatically a citizen; the only exception is a child born to diplomats. He and her husband paid USA Happy Baby $50,000 to have an American son. If they had to, she says, theyd have paid more.
After the birth, He observed yuezi, the traditional month of recovery for new mothers. She, her mother, and her 2-year-old daughter stayed in Rancho Cucamonga, a city about 40 miles east of Los Angeles. Her apartment, in a complex with a pool, fitness center, and mountain views, was rented by USA Happy Baby. Her nanny was supplied by USA Happy Baby. She ate kidney soup and pork chops with green papaya prepared by a USA Happy Baby cook. She secured her sons U.S. birth certificate, passport, and Social Security card with USA Happy Babys assistance.
Hes daughter was born in America as well. He and her husband, educated in Britain and from prosperous families, hoped to send their children to an international school in Shanghai that admits only foreign students. When the kids turn 21 they can petition for green cards for their parents, too.
It was all going well, until four men knocked on the door of Hes apartment on Feb. 23. They said they were fire department inspectors responding to a complaint about someone barbecuing on the balcony. She hadnt been cooking outside. The men asked to see the adults identification. Then they asked the ages of her children. I felt very weird then, He says. I wondered why they were asking me about my children when they came to ask about barbecue. Afterward she called Phoebe Dong, who ran USA Happy Baby and lived nearby. I said I didnt feel safe. She said not to worry.
A week later, five men from Homeland Security Investigations, the sheriffs department, and the fire department arrived. At first He thought theyd come from the homeowners association. Then she saw the bulletproof vests and handguns. They showed her a search warrant. She recognized the translator from the previous visit. Then they asked me a lot of questions, and I became nervous, she says.
We didnt hurt anyone. We just found an easy way to stay here to give birth. Is that wrong?
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Interesting to learn that the US and Canada are the only industrialized nations to grant 'birthright citizenship'. I don't know why, but I had always assumed that was more common. Live and learn.
Just a thought....as we KNOW our country is in the drug trade, oops I mean drug war.