American citizenship up for sale?
Donald Trump called attention to abuses of birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants early on in the Republican primary and a story out of New Jersey shows just how right the GOP nominee is on the issue.
A New Jersey hospital is tempting pregnant women in Russia to come to America to deliver their babies, and for a paltry sum of $10,000 or less, not only will they get superior medical care, but their children are born American citizens with all the privileges that come with it, Fox News reported.
“Childbirth in New York is the best investment in the future of your family!” reads the Russian-language AmeriMama website.
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The “AmeriMama” program at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, first reported by NJ Spotlight, is part of a lucrative and controversial business called “birth tourism,” the practice of soliciting pregnant women from other countries to deliver their children in the U.S. — automatically making them American citizens — before they return home.
But the Secaucus, N.J., hospital has taken it to a brazen new level, say immigration experts.
For fees ranging from $8,500 to $27,500, the Russian-language website for AmeriMama promised to secure citizenship papers, passports, and travel visas for the baby, according to NJ Spotlight, which reported on the program in August.
The Center for Immigration Studies says this may be the first American for-profit hospital to openly market U.S. citizenship.
“They claim they’re selling their hospital services, but the unspoken benefit of this is that the child gets a U.S. passport and U.S. citizenship,” explained Jessica Vaughan, the center’s director of policy studies.
“This is essentially U.S. citizenship up for sale,” she added. “And this is the first time I’ve seen a hospital itself market to this customer base.”
The AmeriMama website and its Facebook page were removed soon after being exposed last month by NJ Spotlight.
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