Saipan has become a popular birth-tourism destination with Chinese mothers seeking to have their babies born as U.S. citizens. Is this a problem?
We have to change the born here birth laws.
I actually think the citizenship of the child should be determined by the citizenship of the mother, regardless of where the birth takes place. We and Canada are the only developed countries in the world that grant birthright citizenship.
Not just Chinese mothers but other nations too. Some actually giving birth on the plane and depending where they are in flight that determines what country they were born in. Not right. What kind of mother travels so close to due date anyway
Maybe the citizenship shouldn't be automatically granted to those born to non-citizens in the US territories outside the 50 states?
American citizenship should mean something other than a legal status. Giving away that which was purchased with so much blood to those who don't hold that sacrifice as sacred waters-down our inheritance and leaves it unreserved for the children.
It makes me feel for those women. Traveling on the verge of giving birth would be extraordinarily taxing, painful, dangerous, etc. They must be incredibly desperate to resort to such measures.
It's a problem is they use said citizenship to receive welfare. Otherwise, no.
Saipan is close to China, allows a 45 day visit without a visa, and is part of a U.S. Territory. As such, a baby born there is automatically eligible for U.S. Citizenship. Some seem to think the citizenship tourism thing isn't good for us.
I would do anything for my child. I understand why these women do this, hope for a better future here. I'm not sure is restrict it, they'll find other ways.
Those laws aren't in effect anymore.
Although I like that anyone born here is automatically a citizen, it is highly unethical to travel to American soil just to give your kid that birth right...
But I don't know a good solution, restricting citizenship is a slippery slope.
Are there any studies or reports to show that?
Really, there's a lot we don't know. What happens to the roughly 300 children annually born? Do they go back to China? Does dealing with so many births impede the health care of the natives? Is this creating jobs in Saipan. We really know nothing.
Are you saying that you need a study to tell you that the federal government gives out various forms of welfare?!?
I don't follow the problem.
I don't know the answer to that, but the opportunity certainly exists.
This is why we should cut our territories loose.
So only those with Native American blood could be considered citizens?
If the moms are smart enough to figure that out then their kids could become valuable members of society.
Are these babies being born there to avoid the birth rate laws and subsequent forced abortions?
No but I need some proof that these people get any. I've never heard of it. I know people here get it.