California 'maternity hotel' where Chinese women pay thousands to give birth and make their babies American citizens closes

Article subtitle: 
Chino Hills house allegedly hosted dozens of pregnant women from China who flew in to give birth and get their children American citizenship
Article publisher: 
London Daily Mail
Article date: 
12 January 2013
Article category: 
National News
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An alleged 'maternity hotel' in Southern California where pregnant women from China stayed so they could give birth there and make their babies American citizens in the process has been closed ...

So called 'maternity hotels' don't violate federal law - a woman is permitted to travel to the U.S. on a tourist visa and give birth. 

If a baby is born in the U.S it is automatically granted citizenship, they can then live in the country as an adult and apply for a full green card.

CAIRCO Research

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"CHINO HILLS: ‘Maternity hotels’ not uncommon"

A Taiwanese consultant to nine Southern California maternity homes told The Sacramento Bee earlier this year that there are more than 40 such businesses in the Los Angeles area alone.

The women travel to the United States so their children, as citizens, later will have educational and job opportunities in the United States and in some cases in the hope that the children petition for their parents to become legal U.S. residents, the consultant said ...

At age 21, U.S. citizens can petition to have their foreign-born parents live in the United States, said Claire Nicholson, a spokeswoman for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It’s irrelevant how many years the citizen had lived in the United States, she said.


I Am a U.S. Citizen - USCIS

  • As a citizen of the United States, you may help a relative become a lawful permanent resident of the United States by obtaining what is often referred to as a “green card”  ...
  • In most cases, when your relative reaches the front of the line, your relative’s spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age can join him or her by also applying for an immigrant visa ... 

I-130, Petition for Alien Relative


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