In the immigration fight President Donald Trump has picked with those who want the nation overrun with immigrants, legal or not, one persistent issue has remained very much out of the headlines. That issue is what is known as “birth tourism” or heavily pregnant women traveling to this country to essentially whelp anchor babies.
According to sources to Axios, birth tourism is on the immigration agenda at long last.
Trump has threatened to end birthright citizenship and railed against immigrant “anchor babies.” The new rule would be one of the first tangible steps to test how much legal authority the administration has to prevent foreigners from taking advantage of the 14th Amendment’s protection of citizenship for anyone born in the U.S.
“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.
The idea, of course, is that the women come to the United States to take advantage of the Natural Born Citizen laws, which themselves are subject to change now that the federal judiciary system is being seeded with Trump appointees more likely not to write new laws allowing such activity.
For decades, this sort of travel and childbirth arrangements from places like China, Nigeria and Mexico to the tune of up to 33,000 a year, has been frustrating, to say the least, because along with the birth of the anchor baby, the family of the infant tends to take advantage of American generosity and largess and don’t know when to leave.
This is but one step in the administration’s plans to make it harder for people from other countries to benefit from birthright citizenship.
“Rome wasn’t built in a day,” the senior official said. “Just the legal recognition that this is improper and wrong and not allowed is a significant step forward.”
And the American people are cheering the move all the way.