Thursday, March 05, 2015

Immigration, Birth Tourism and "Maternity Hotels"

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Have you heard about the new concept of "birth tourism" and "maternity hotels?"

Most Americans believe we have an immigration problem. And it's out of control.

The progressive left, religious and secular, essentially want open borders. Our president leads that effort.

Conservatives advocate for orderly immigration that assimilates, rather than overwhelms the culture. That's a concept that has served America well.

After all, we are a nation of immigrants.

The abuse of America's goodness has been taken to a new low.

For a moment---just a moment, forget our southern border and the millions who are illegally crossing it with the blessing of the progressive left. And our president.

Think China.

It was revealed this week that Chinese "entrepreneurs" are running a birth tourism business, including "maternity hotels," travel and high end shopping trips in Southern California for Chinese women who want "made-in-America babies."

NBC says it's a pretty big operation.

I'm sure you are aware that the House caved to the Obama administration regarding the budget bill. 
The vote 257-167 (9 no vote) was disappointing for conservatives. 75 Republicans voted with the Democrats, including Washington's Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dave Reichert and Oregon's Greg Walden. Washington's Dan Newhouse and Jamie Herrera Beutler stood with conservatives and voted against the bill.

NBC is reporting that "Southern California apartment complexes that doubled as 'maternity hotels' for Chinese women who want made in America babies were raided early Tuesday."

They call it "unprecedented."

Homeland Security agents swept the Carlyle, a luxury property in Irvine, California, that housed pregnant women and new moms who apparently paid $40,000 to $80,000 to give birth in the United States.

The investigation was not aimed at the women so much as the Chinese operators who are pocketing hundreds of thousands of tax free dollars to help the Chinese women get visas, travel plans and discounts at American hospitals and lodging facilities.

Here's the twist.

Claude Arnold, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations for Los Angeles, says, "It's not necessarily illegal to come here to have the baby, but if you lie about your reasons for coming here, that's visa fraud."

There is not one operation, but 3 competing operations in Southern California. The feds raided 20 locations in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties this week.

Chao Chen and Dong Li get their business mostly from a web site promoting, of course, the benefits of a child with US 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.

They have even been counseling women on what lies to tell to obtain a tourist visa and how to fly through Hawaii, Las Vegas or Korea to avoid suspicious immigration officers at the Los Angeles airport.

The women's handlers provide transportation for doctor visits and trips to restaurants and shops---even trips to Target and Babies R Us.

The operation creates huge financial losses for the hospitals the women are funneled into for delivery, because the operators pay only $4,000 for the birth that would normally cost about $25,000. One hospital alone has delivered over 400 of these babies.

The investigators found that one family that paid the hospital $4,000 then went to Wynn Las Vegas Hotel, buying Rolex watches and Louis Vitton items using a bank account that had about a quarter of a million dollars in it.

The investigators were able to penetrate the operation the old fashion way.

An agent posed as a client who wanted to arrange for his cousin to give birth in America.

He learned how the China based employees of these operations "prep" the woman for her consulate interview as to why she should not fly straight to LA.

There's more. You can read.

It has been said before, but I've got to say it again.

America is the only place in the world where fences are built (or should be) to keep people out, rather than to keep them in.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Pro-Active. Be Blessed.