Monday, September 24, 2012

In California, 'birth tourism' appears to grow

And CA is the favorite destination.
The family acknowledges it planned the birth so that Shih could become a U.S. citizen and eventually go to school here.

"The educational system in the U.S. is better and more open," said Shih's father, Simon, 55.

Critics call it "birth tourism" and the practice is solidly entrenched in the Los Angeles area, though so-called maternity homes catering to expectant mothers from East Asia are also advertised in the San Francisco Bay Area.

No one knows how many "birth tourists" visit this country each year.

In 2010, the mothers of 7,719 children born in the United States reported that they lived overseas, according to the National Center for Health Statistics – a figure up nearly 55 percent since 2000.

Critics say the data vastly understate the number, because they use information self-reported by parents during their hospital stays.

Jay Chang, who shuttles between Taipei and Los Angeles, serves as a consultant for nine maternity homes. Chang, 41, had his two children born through a maternity home over a decade ago. He argues that the practice is "in line with the spirit of the Constitution," adding that the U.S. government was "getting a good deal."

"We bring cash to pay for our births; we go back to our country to raise the child, and then he comes back to work and pay taxes to the U.S. government," Chang said in Mandarin during a phone interview from Los Angeles.

There's no good deal here.  These parents are robbing their children of the American Culture.  Taking them back to Taiwan and then sending them back here to go to college is NOt what the Constitution had intended.


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