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 luxury Carlyle 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.
Instead, the investigation was aimed at ringleaders who pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars tax-free to help Chinese nationals obtain visas and then pamper them until they delivered in an American hospital at a discount, court papers show.
All told, the feds raided 20 locations in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, targeting three competing birth tourism schemes, officials said.
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.=snip=
Straight from the horse's mouth.
40,000 is equal to population of Tustin every year.
I guess Congress could pass a bill saying saying it is done away with which, assuming the president signs it into law or Congress can override the veto, will trigger a test case in federal court that might make its way to SCOTUS. However, the outcome is less than certain with SCOTUS, so the safer, but more difficult and longer way, is a Constitutional amendment.
Have any of the persons on this forum who complain about birthright citizenship done anything to start the amendment process or do they just complain?
If you aren't part of the solution then you are part of the problem.
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Funny that it gets people's attention when it moves to Irvine. It's been going on in the San Gabriel Valley for quite a while.
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Second, why should any of this come as a surprise? If hundreds of thousands (or millions) of poor Hispanics can secure social and political rights with citizen babies, why wouldn't one or two hundred million wealthy Chinese attempt to do the same? It was only a matter of time before illicit businesses would arise where illicit demand was going unmet.
This from the champion of diversity and nondiscrimination????
If you think the Vietnamese Drivers are bad, you haven't seen the Hispanics on weekend nights...
Hit and run, DUI run down to the border and borrow your cousin's ID and come back..
That is not to say they are the best candidates. Wealthy educated Chinese who want to come here are from the disgraced members of the politburo or criminal gangs. Not the good guys..
The reinterpretations of the 14th amendment are America's Trojan horse.. SCOTUS created it.
The Supreme Court is loath to contradict past rulings. Most in congress is not willing to sacrifice a few voting percentage points to change the law. The only amendment ever overturned was the 18th (prohibition).
What to do??
How come Bev isn't in here carping about these wealthy Chinese thug women beating the system?
Sounds like you added Irvine Mercedes drivers to your list of people you discriminate against. Any more?.
Pretty soon you will become a real person without the PC mask...
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Talk about desperate.
HEY EVERYBODY! LOOK OVER THERE! HURRY, HURRY!