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'Birth Tourism' Trend Lets Foreign Moms Give Birth to US Citizens

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Say you live in another country and you're pregnant. Apparently you can come to the U.S., give birth here, and give your baby the gift of U.S. citizenship.

It's called "birth tourism," and officials say it's on the rise, reports ABC News.

The Marmara Manhattan Hotel in New York City markets birth-tourism packages to expectant mothers abroad. For just over $15,000, pregnant women can stay in N.Y. for two months in a one-bedroom suite. They must make their own medical arrangements -- and hospital costs average around $30,000.

The babies born here are U.S. citizens; they will have the ability to travel freely to and from the United States, have easy access to a U.S. education and have the chance to start a life here. The citizen child could later sponsor the legal immigration of his or her entire family permanently to this country, ABC reports.

The 14th Amendment makes this all perfectly legal. It reads, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside."

What do you think about "birth tourism" ... OK, or no way?


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