The Trump administration is finally taking a stand on ‘birth tourism’:
BREAKING: The State Department will no longer issue visas to pregnant immigrants traveling to the United States to give birth and abuse our birthright citizenship laws.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) January 23, 2020
Here’s more from Fox 5 DC:
The Trump administration on Thursday imposed new visa rules aimed at restricting “birth tourism,” in which women travel to the United States to give birth so their children can have U.S. citizenship.
Applicants will be denied a tourist visa unless they can prove they must come to the U.S. to give birth for medical reasons and they have money to pay for it — not just because they want their child to have a passport.
“Closing this glaring immigration loophole will combat these endemic abuses and ultimately protect the United States from the national security risks created by this practice,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. “It will also defend American taxpayers from having their hard-earned dollars siphoned away to finance the direct and downstream costs associated with birth tourism. The integrity of American citizenship must be protected.”
The State Department “does not believe that visiting the United States for the primary purpose of obtaining U.S. citizenship for a child, by giving birth in the United States — an activity commonly referred to as ‘birth tourism’ — is a legitimate activity for pleasure or of a recreational nature,” according to the new rules, which were published Thursday in the Federal Register and take effect Friday.
I think this is a great move. But as you can imagine, Democrats are up in arms about it.
Our favorite socialist, AOC, is fuming:
This administration is now targeting pregnant. women.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 23, 2020
This is absurd. There is no harmful ‘targeting’ here. The US is simply trying to stop a practice that it sees as abusive.