Submitted by ub on Fri, 05/01/2015 - 16:53

They're calling it Chinese Birth Tourism and it is gaining popularity, with young mothers traveling to US just to give birth. They arrive at immigration and US Customs asks two questions. Why are you coming to the U.S.?” I’m here to have my American baby. How much cash do you have on you? $1K in cash and a debit card with much more in the bank.
Passport stamped. Welcome to The United States of America. They will proudly classify their American baby, ABC, American Born Chinese.

An increasing number of Chinese women are flocking to America to have children who will grow up as American citizens. The 14th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified on July 9, 1868, and grants citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” which included former slaves recently freed.

In addition, it forbids states from denying any person "life, liberty or property, without due process of law" or to "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” By directly mentioning the role of the states, the 14th Amendment greatly expanded the protection of civil rights to all Americans and is cited in more litigation than any other amendment.

The conversation about immigrant families in the U.S. is typically centered around Latinos seeking economic opportunities in the States.

As incomes in China increase and US Visa requirements drop, wealthy Chinese women are preferring to have their births in the US, and they’re changing attitudes towards immigrant mothers.

Recently, US agents busted maternity hotels doing business on American soil. Undercover investigations revealed these cash driven groups were not paying taxes, and sometimes defrauding hospitals. *

No definitive data is available on the total number of Chinese births, but informed sources claim 60K for last year alone, which represents more than a 5X increase over the previous year of Chinese babies born in USA. *