Trump's new imimgrant initiative plans to crack down on 'birth tourism'
Donald Trump's administration will push some new rules that target "birth tourism" in which undocumented immigrant women cross the border, give birth, and then have children who are technically considered citizens. This is typically what's referred to as "birthright citizenship" however there's another term that some use, but that term isn't the most polite.
It's the term "anchor baby" which symbolizes the birth of a child in America acting like an anchor to keep the mother/father in the country.
Trump's potential new rules will push back against this and end what's referred to as "birthright citizenship" as reported by Axios.
- "This change is intended to address the national security and law enforcement risks associated with birth tourism, including criminal activity associated with the birth tourism industry," a State Department official told Axios.
- The regulation is also part of the administration's broader efforts to intensify the vetting process for visas, according to another senior administration official.
Also stated in the article is estimates of America having about 33,000 children born to foreign visitors each year, with many of them from China, Russia, and Nigeria.
Trump's new regulations would try to figure out if the person visiting the country was coming for the purpose of giving birth or not, and could change the way B visas are handed out.
It would alter the requirements for B visas (or visitor visas), giving State Department officials the authority to deny foreigners the short-term business and tourism visas if they believe the process is being used to facilitate automatic citizenship.
- It's unclear yet how the rule would be enforced — whether officials would be directed to consider pregnancy or the country of the woman's citizenship in determining whether to grant a visa.
- Consular officers who issue passports and visas "are remarkably skilled at sussing out true versus false claims," the senior official said.
- "The underlying practical issue is that very few people who give birth in the U.S. got a visa for that specific purpose. Most people already have visas and come in later," according to Jeffrey Gorsky, former chief legal adviser in the State Department visa office.
If this reduces the amount of birthright citizenship or not, that remains to be seen. Some people acquire their visa well before entering the country, which suggests they may not be pregnant at the time.
It seems like Trump's goal is to reduce the amount of people who come to America strictly to give birth and attain an easy path to citizenship, which potentially allows them to take advantage of benefits such as welfare.
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