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Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by References: 7:43pm On Jan 23, 2020
The State Department on Thursday gave visa officers more power to block pregnant women abroad from visiting the United States and directed them to stop “birth tourism” — trips designed to obtain citizenship for their children.

The administration is using the new rule, which takes effect on Friday, to push consular officers abroad to reject women they believe are entering the United States specifically to gain citizenship for their child by giving birth. The visas covered by the new rule are issued to those seeking to visit for pleasure, medical treatment or to see friends and family.

Conservatives have long railed against what they call “anchor babies,” born on American soil and used by their parents to bring in other family members. President Trump has also criticized the constitutional provision that grants citizenship to most babies born on American soil.

It is not clear whether such “birth tourism” is a significant phenomenon or that “anchor babies” do lead to substantial immigration, but many conservatives believe both issues are real and serious. The Trump administration has repeatedly moved to allay conservative immigration concerns, which President Trump has often stoked.

“Birth tourism poses risks to national security,” Carl C. Risch, assistant secretary for consular affairs at the State Department, wrote in the final rule. “The birth tourism industry is also rife with criminal activity, including international criminal schemes.”

Consular officers were already unlikely to grant visa to women who they believed were traveling to the United States solely to give birth. But with the new rule, the White House seems to be signaling to officers abroad that those close to delivering a child would be added to a growing list of immigrants unwelcome in the United States, a list that includes the poor, most refugees and asylum-seeking migrants.

Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary, said in a statement that the new rule seeks to stop those who seek “automatic and permanent American citizenship for their children by giving birth on American soil.”

“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,” Ms. Grisham said. “The integrity of American citizenship must be protected.”

The rule raises the burden of proof for pregnant women applying for tourist visas by outlining in writing that giving birth in the country “is an impermissible basis” for visiting the United States. Even if the women say they are entering the country for medical treatment — a legitimate factor for visa eligibility — an applicant would need to prove that she has enough money to pay for such treatment to the satisfaction of the officer. The woman will also need to prove that the medical care being sought was not available in her home country.

“If an applicant’s responses to this line of questions are not credible, that may give consular officers reason to question whether the applicant qualifies for a visa,” Mr. Risch said in the rule.

The new policy does not change guidance granted to airport officers working for the Department of Homeland Security, meaning visa eligibility changes would occur outside the United States, not at airport immigration counters.

It is also not clear how effective the new rule will be. Some visas allow foreigners to visit the United States multiple times over the course of as many as 10 years, so an applicant could be granted a visa, get pregnant years later and still be permitted to visit the country.

“Unless D.H.S. changes how its officers interpret travel for pleasure to be consistent with the State Department rule, than people will still come to the United States to give birth. This won’t stop that happening,” said Theresa Cardinal Brown, the director of immigration and cross-border policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

But those abroad applying for visas close to the delivery date could be denied, she said.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/23/us/politics/trump-birth-tourism.html#click=https:///boOWMCFzBJ

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by Jubal01(m): 7:47pm On Jan 23, 2020
This is a good development. Let everybody stay and develop his/her country. Enough of this shameful acts by the thieves we call leaders.

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by Nukilia: 7:54pm On Jan 23, 2020
Trump is a big time spoiler! undecided

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by Cutehector(m): 7:55pm On Jan 23, 2020
grin

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by AZeD1(m): 8:01pm On Jan 23, 2020
Jubal01:
This is a good development. Let everybody stay and develop his/her country. Enough of this shameful acts by the thieves we have call leaders.
This rule doesn't affect the rich. With $500k you will get an investor visa.

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by Olugbanko: 8:10pm On Jan 23, 2020
trump amaka!

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by Olugbanko: 8:12pm On Jan 23, 2020
AZeD1:

This rule doesn't affect the rich. With $500k you will get an investor visa.
anyone with such a huge figure can be considered successful, US passport would just be a plus!

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by TheExecutioner: 10:16pm On Jan 23, 2020
It's a welcome development given the way it's been abused by even the hypocritical holier than thou idiot in Aso Rock and other hypocrites like him. Stay in the mess you created and let your children wear the badge of shame called Nigerian citizenship.




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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by lyriclekidd(m): 10:16pm On Jan 23, 2020
grin

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by TotoNaRubber: 10:17pm On Jan 23, 2020
ok

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by StrikeBack(m): 10:17pm On Jan 23, 2020
Na wah oo

But wait oo

As a Nigerian, What do we get as benefit of being a citizen of this country

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by Kendumazy(m): 10:17pm On Jan 23, 2020
OK naww

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by APOPTOSIS(m): 10:17pm On Jan 23, 2020
This one na serious AMOTEKUN

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by datola: 10:18pm On Jan 23, 2020
Shameless people running to other people's land, abandoning their God's given land to spoil.

Trump should ban all the politicians and their families from travelling to the US for any reason.

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by iLegendd: 10:18pm On Jan 23, 2020
Smart Trump.

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by boolet: 10:18pm On Jan 23, 2020
shocked
Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by lonelydora: 10:18pm On Jan 23, 2020
Why now I'm planning to go for birth tourism? Trump really want everyone to stay in his house ooo

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by visijo(m): 10:18pm On Jan 23, 2020
When he introduce you to his family and you hear voices in the kitchen saying " did you see her forehead "?�

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by Donvictor2015: 10:18pm On Jan 23, 2020
Good one POTUS. I love your style. Ride on

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by Pabloosas(m): 10:18pm On Jan 23, 2020
shocked
Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by Kennyswag: 10:18pm On Jan 23, 2020
Amotekun caused it

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by tstx(m): 10:18pm On Jan 23, 2020
For average people... E no fit apply to politicians

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by Goalgetterz: 10:18pm On Jan 23, 2020
Not now naa. Well Canada and Australia dey, I dey fit give allow my kids not to have citizenship of a sane and secure country where human life is valued.. Them not fit suffer this nonsense wey I suffered here.

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by oluwasegun007(m): 10:18pm On Jan 23, 2020
Ewo!!!


E don happen,

Dem must impeach the cotton wool hair man.

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by ruggedtimi(m): 10:18pm On Jan 23, 2020
trump my man

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by Ijaya123: 10:18pm On Jan 23, 2020
This policy is a big blow that will affect loads of Nigerian elites especially those who use American citizenship as a bragging right.

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by ThiagoKid(m): 10:19pm On Jan 23, 2020
Only God knows what they are looking for in someelse country...let then goan develop theirs.

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by Silverspoon4: 10:19pm On Jan 23, 2020
AZeD1:

This rule doesn't affect the rich. With $500k you will get an investor visa.

sad
AZeD1:

This rule doesn't affect the rich. With $500k you will get an investor visa.

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by Dandsome: 10:19pm On Jan 23, 2020
Hahahaha.

Last last it will reach both rich and poor.

Next time tell your leaders to govern well.

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Re: Birth Tourism: US Block Visas For Pregnant Women Visiting To Give Birth by RichDad1(m): 10:19pm On Jan 23, 2020
By the time Trump is done with immigrants, lipsrsealed lipsrsealed

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