All forms of immigration has been strictly restricted under the Trump’s administration. Today, as reported, it has been stated that birth tourism (birthright citizenship) has been one aspect Mr. President is worried about, as anyone born in the United States of America (USA) is considered a citizen, in accordance with the Constitution.
The Trump administration plans on introducing new Visa restriction aimed at restricting birth tourism, though scholars and members of his administration are of the opinion that it wouldn’t be an easy task.
According to two officials of The State Department who spoke to The Associated Press on conditions of anonymity, they said the laws were meant to be publicized on Thursday.
But if successfully enforced, the laws would make it even more difficult for pregnant woman to get Visa to the U.S. for tourism, they’ll have to convince consular officers of a different legitimate reason for their visit.
Consular Officers aren’t presently permitted to out-rightly ask applicants during Visa interviews if a woman is pregnant or plans to be, during her stay.
However, they’re permitted and obligated to conduct an investigation to ascertain if female applicants primary purpose of visit is solely for child birth.
Many questions has been raised regarding the possibilities of how officers will ascertain if a woman is pregnant, and also if a woman would be restricted access at the borders based on suspicion of being pregnant, just by looking at her.
Though one way of tackling the issue of birth tourism in the U.S. is by restricting tourist visa for pregnant women.
Women, as recorded, across the globe, travels to the United States in order to have their babies, this has made birth tourism a very lucrative business in the United States of America. and many other foreign countries. American companies charge up to $80,000 including hotel and medical bills for the facilitation of the practice, the issue has longed been cracked by the administrations before Trump’s administration.
Meanwhile, there have been various cases where operators of birth tourism agencies are arrested by authorities for Visa fraud or tax evasion.
Women are often very honest about their intentions when applying for visas and even most times, they present signed contracts with hospitals and doctors, since coming to the U.S. for the purpose of child birth is fundamentally legal.
Though there aren’t an accurate figures of foreign women who travel to the U.S. for the sole purpose of child birth, the Center for Immigration Studies, has estimated that in 2012, about 36,000 foreign women gave birth in the U.S. and left after giving birth.
According to spokesman from the State Department, the draft rule is “intended to address the national security and law enforcement risks associated with birth tourism, including criminal activity associated with the birth tourism industry.”
As Compiled By Jaja Otokini
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