President Trump is making his move to do something to stop the practice known as ‘birth tourism’ which is essentially where pregnant women from other countries travel to America in order to give birth so that their babies are born with American citizenships.
The main reason these women exploit such a loophole is to obtain a U.S. passport for their newborn, which is one of the most coveted in the world in terms of traveling ability, and can act as a pathway towards getting the parents green cards.
So, the Trump administration is now proposing new visa rules that would make it harder for women to travel to the U.S. while pregnant in order to curb the unfair practice altogether.
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The Trump administration is planning to introduce new visa restrictions aimed at restricting “birth tourism,” whereby women travel to the U.S. to give birth so that their children automatically become U.S. citizens, according to officials.
The new rules would make it harder for pregnant women to travel on a tourist visa. In one draft of the regulations, pregnant women would have to convince a consular officer that they have another legitimate reason to come to the U.S. before obtaining the visa.
The State Department planned to publicize the rules Thursday, according to two officials with knowledge of the plans who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.
A spokesperson said the rules are "intended to address the national security and law enforcement risks associated with birth tourism, including criminal activity associated with the birth tourism industry.”
NY Daily News added:
The Trump administration is set to announce new visa restrictions bearing down on the so-called practice of “birth tourism."
The State Department will publicize the new rules Thursday, two officials with knowledge of the plans said.
“Birth tourism” is when foreign nationals travel to the U.S. to deliver a baby who automatically receives American citizenship and rights to a U.S. passport.
The new rules would make it more difficult for women to get a tourist visa for travel to the U.S. while pregnant.
In one draft of the new regulations, expectant mothers would have to clear an additional hurdle before obtaining their visas — convincing a consular officer they have a legitimate reason beyond tourism to visit.
President Trump has made immigration a central issue of his administration, calling it a crisis that threatens national security.
He’s taken particular aim at birthright citizenship, the constitutional right of anyone born on U.S. soil to be considered a citizen.
The new regulations appear to be one attempt to address the issue, but questions remained Wednesday about how officials would determine a woman’s pregnancy status with accuracy and guard against unwarranted privacy violations and denials based on appearances.