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    In suburbs of L.A., a cottage industry of birth tourism

    January 03, 2013|By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times

    Companies operating 'maternity hotels' cater to pregnant women from Chinese-speaking nations who want an American-citizen newborn.


    Three pregnant women and a young child enter the Pheasant Ridge apartment… (Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles…)

    USA Baby Care's website makes no attempt to hide why the company's clients travel to Southern California from China and Taiwan. It's to give birth to an American baby.

    "Congratulations! Arriving in the U.S. means you've already given your child a surefire ticket for winning the race," the site says in Chinese. "We guarantee that each baby can obtain a U.S. passport and related documents."

    That passport is just the beginning of a journey that will lead some of the children back to the United States to take advantage of free public schools and low-interest student loans, as the website notes. The whole family may eventually get in on the act, since parents may be able to piggyback on the child's citizenship and apply for a green card when the child turns 21.

    USA Baby Care is one of scores, possibly hundreds, of companies operating so-called maternity hotels tucked away in residential neighborhoods in the San Gabriel Valley, Orange County and other Southern California suburbs. Pregnant women from Chinese-speaking countries pay as much as $20,000 to stay in the facilities during the final months of pregnancy, then spend an additional month recuperating and awaiting the new baby's U.S. passport.

    Many of the hotels operate in violation of zoning laws, their locations known mainly to neighbors who observe the expectant mothers' frequent comings and goings.

    Such was the case in Chino Hills, where residents recently protested an alleged maternity hotel operating in a hilltop mansion. City officials have sued the property owner, claiming that the seven-bedroom house was illegally subdivided with 17 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms, with at least 10 mothers and babies living there. San Gabriel officials shut down a similar facility in 2011, and Chino Hills officials hope their lawsuit will result in a similar outcome.

    Critics also cite safety concerns surrounding the largely unregulated industry. A local attorney says he is representing a maternity hotel in a case where a baby was dropped and died. The California Department of Public Health also is investigating a case that may involve maternity hotels, said a spokesman who said he could not provide further details.

    Federal immigration authorities say no law prevents pregnant women from entering the country. The women typically travel on tourist visas and return home with their newborns, who will have the option of coming to the U.S. for schooling, sometimes while the parents remain in Asia. American citizenship is also considered a hedge against corruption and political instability in the children's home countries. For some, giving birth in the U.S. staves off hefty fines under China's one-child policy.

    Maternity hotels have proliferated in the last decade as mainland China's new middle class tries to give its offspring every advantage. But birth tourism is not limited to Chinese and Taiwanese nationals. South Korean and Turkish mothers are also reported to pay thousands of dollars for package deals that include hotel rooms and assistance with the visa process.

    Since the publicity surrounding the Chino Hills case, Los Angeles County officials have received at least two dozen complaints, mostly regarding sites in Rowland Heights and Hacienda Heights. Curt Hagman, a Republican assemblyman from Chino Hills, said he is looking into whether state government can play a role in addressing the issue.

    Because of the increased scrutiny, some maternity tourism businesses are setting up shop in standard hotels, booking long-term stays for clients, according to Scott Wang, manager of China operations for USA Baby Care. Others are opting for apartment complexes, where zoning codes are more flexible and rents are cheap enough to serve a larger number of clients.

    Until a few months ago, USA Baby Care was located on a Hacienda Heights cul-de-sac, in a large two-story house with a swimming pool. Now, it operates out of a hotel in Rowland Heights.

    "We really want to make this industry legal," Wang said. "There's a demand for these birthing centers, so we should find a way to make them legal. Not a single one of us wants to operate by sneaking around."

    The road to giving birth in the U.S. begins with an in-person interview at an American consulate in the woman's home country. Neither pregnancy nor the intent to give birth in the U.S. are disqualifying factors. The primary concern is making sure the applicant will not remain in the country indefinitely, the State Department said.

    Likewise, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers do not refuse entry because a woman is coming to give birth.

    "Obviously, the only reason it happens at all is because we permit it," said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates reduced immigration. "They're not doing anything illegal. The question for policymakers is, 'Is this a good idea?'"

    Maternity hotels nonetheless counsel their clients to be discreet.

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    Born in the USA: 'Anchor Baby' home protested in Southern California

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    December 2, 2012
    By: Susan Stallings

    Residents of a Southern California are protesting against a suburban home that they say operates as a maternity center, where pregnant mothers pay thousands of dollars to live until they give birth to so-called "anchor babies."

    "Anchor baby" is a term for a child born in the United States to immigrant parents who, as an American citizen, can facilitate immigration for relatives.

    Dozens of concerned citizens picketed a Chino Hills intersection on Saturday, holding signs that read "No Birth Tourism" and "Not Here! Not in USA!"

    San Bernadino mayor, Patrick J. Morris told the San Bernardino Sun that rooms in the house have been rented out to pregnant Chinese women until they give birth. He doesn't have a problem with that, apparently.

    Protesters say they don't want to see a business in a residential area, but this protest is really about subversion of immigration laws.

    Pregnant women from China and other counties come to the US legally on tourist visas, but their intention is to give birth in the United States so their children will automatically gain citizenship. Many feel that this is a "false pretense."

    City officials say they are handling code enforcement issues at the Chino Hills property, but they are not dealing with the alleged maternity operation. Again, a non-issue for officials at all levels.

    California is not the only state with anchor baby houses, and there is no particular country that dominates this problem. Families from multiple countries use this method to get around US immigration laws.

    In 2008, a total of 3.8 million unauthorized immigrants had at least one child who is an American citizen, and the problem has been investigated nationwide as the result of a claim made by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham.

    Four years later, the problem has intensified, and under the Obama administration and their opposition to immigration reform, we can only expect -- at the very least -- more of the same.

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    anchor baby

    n. a child born of an immigrant in the United States, said to be a device by which a family can find legal foothold in the US, since those children are automatically allowed to choose American citizenship.

    Also anchor child, a very young immigrant who will later sponsor citizenship for family members who are still abroad.
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    ADDED TO ALIPAC HOMEPAGE News with amended title ..

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    L.A. Cracking Down On Illegal Maternity Wards

    Published January 28, 2013
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    Los Angeles County is planning to crack down on makeshift maternity wards that attract immigrants from all over the world who want a U.S.-born child.

    Mothers stay at these facilities, which are not licensed, until their child is born.

    The county has received 60 complaints about such facilities in the past month, according to a report by the Planning Department submitted to the Board of Supervisors, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

    That compared to just 15 complaints in the previous five years. The surge might be due to publicity over the closure of a house in Chino Hills that authorities contended had been used to house as many as 30 Chinese women.

    It isn't illegal for foreign citizens to give birth in the U.S., but authorities say the maternity tourism hotels frequently are remodeled single-family homes in areas that aren't zoned for hotels or boarding houses.

    County Supervisor Don Knabe wants to develop a county law that would specifically outlaw such facilities.

    "They're a moneymaking machine. They're totally unsafe," Knabe said. "It's so obvious that they jeopardize not only the health of the baby, but the mother as well."

    The Planning Commission report said efforts were being made to crack down on the hotels for zoning, building and health code violations.

    Pregnant women can pay thousands of dollars to stay in the facilities, authorities said.

    Officials who went to the Chino Hills home in November said the single-family home had been divided into 17 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms. Neighbors complained of a sewage spill from an overloaded septic tank.

    The house was shut down after the city sued the owners.

    Joint inspections have been staged by the planning, public works and child welfare departments, and cases have been referred to the state tax board, the report said.

    Inspections can be difficult because people answering the door sometimes claim they are unable to speak English and won't allow inspectors to enter. The Planning Department will try to include Chinese-language translators on its inspection teams, the report said.

    In addition, child welfare investigators will look for signs of child abuse and neglect, such as newborns crowded into makeshift nurseries, said Neil Zanville, a spokesman for the county Department of Children and Family Services.

    "We'd not only ask about sleeping arrangements, we'd ask, has this baby been seen by a doctor? Has it had its shots?" Zanville said.

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