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Blackburn, Loeffler Introduce Bill To End Birth Tourism

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn

Senators Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) have introduced legislation to eliminate loopholes in birthright citizenship. The Ban Birth Tourism Act will amend the Immigration and Nationality Act and ban birth tourism as a permissible basis for obtaining a temporary visitor visa.

The Ban Birth Tourism Act codifies the U.S. Department of State's January 2020 rule change to prohibit the issuance of visas for birth tourists. Birth tourism is a multi-million dollar industry in which businesses aid pregnant foreigners in obtaining birthright citizenship for their newborn. These firms often serve wealthy Russian and Chinese nationals and charge foreign clients thousands of dollars for advice on how to lie to immigration officers, according to a press release. Over 20,000 birth tourists reportedly come to the U.S. annually. From 2008 to 2012, the number of birth tourists coming from China to the U.S. allegedly increased from 4,200 to 10,000. In 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice charged 19 birth tourism operators and clients in California for immigration fraud, money laundering, and identity theft.

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