- Trump administration will unveils crackdown on birth tourism and will bring it into force Friday
- Move is against women who come to the U.S. to give birth to children so they get American citizenship
- Visa applicants deemed by consular officers to be coming to the U.S. primarily to give birth will now be treated like other foreigners seeking medical treatment
- The applicants will have to prove they are coming for medical treatment and they have the money to pay for it
- Coming to the U.S. to give birth with the intention of gaining American citizenship for the baby is not in itself illegal
- Trump has railed against birthright citizenship before but law on it appears to have been settled by Supreme Court in the late 1800s
- Anyone born on U.S. soil is a citizen unless their parents are here on diplomatic passports
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.
Any baby born in the U.S. is automatically a citizen under the 14th Amendment. The only exception is the children of diplomats.
‘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 move only affects women from countries whose citizens need tourist or other visas to enter the U.S.
It does not affect those women travelling from countries which are part of the visa-waiver scheme – which includes the UK, Australia, Japan, South Korea and almost all of the European Union.
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