Ghanaian pregnant women seeking to give birth in US to face visa restrictions
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,” a State Department spokesperson said.
Part of the new restrictions will require visa applicants to provide another convincing reason for traveling to the US.
By the US Constitution, anyone born in the US is a citizen of the land. The rule has seen the US overwhelmed with birthright citizenship.
President Donald Trump has been vociferous about plans to end birth tourism.
Critics of his plan question how the administration intends to identify a pregnant visa applicant.
Birth tourism is a profitable business in the U.S. and abroad. There are companies that charge up to $80,000 to help desperate pregnant women get citizenship for their yet-to-be-born child.
The Center for Immigration Studies has estimated that in 2012 about 360,000 women came to the US to give birth and then left.