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Washington, Jan 24 (Canadian-Media): It was announced by United States (U.S.) President Donald Trump that effective Friday U.S. would stop issuing temporary B-1 and B-2 visitor visas to aliens seeking to enter the United States for giving birth, said the White House, media reports said.
Donald Trump in the White house making the announcement. Image credit: Twitter
The visas were being used by foreign pregnant women to secure automatic and permanent American citizenship for their children by giving birth on American soil, said the White House. said as automatic American citizenship to anyone born on US soil is guaranteed by the US Constitution.
The White House said that by closing these immigration loopholes would not only curb these abuses, would offer more protection to the United States from the national security risks and would also prevent American taxpayers to finance the costs associated with birth tourism.
Around 33,000 babies born from “birth tourism” between mid-2016 and mid-2017. The total number of annual births in the United States is around 3.8 million, according to reports of the Center for Immigration Studies.
It was announced by law enforcement authorities that a year ago, they had broken up three networks which offered Chinese nationals to give birth in California.
Some “birth tourism” operators had been charging up to $100,000 to women seeking to give birth in U.S.