The United States is one of a handful of countries that has unconditional birthright citizenship and because of the many perks that comes with being a citizen, the US is often a top choice among countries for women to birth their babies.
That may not the case anymore because the US State Department has unveiled new rules restricting travel by pregnant foreign nationals to the United States.
This is certainly not a good news for pregnant women and intending mothers in Nigeria, who are presently nursing the intention of birthing their babies in the United States.
According to the rule which will become effective on Friday, the State Department does “not believe that visiting the US for the primary purpose of obtaining U.S. citizenship” for a child “is a legitimate activity.” A White House statement said the rule change was “necessary to enhance public safety, national security, and the integrity of our immigration system.” “Beginning January 24, 2020, the State Department will no longer issue temporary visitor (B-1/B-2) visas to aliens seeking to enter the United States for “birth tourism” – the practice of travelling to the United States to secure automatic and permanent citizenship for their children by giving birth on American soil.” The statement called “birth tourism” a burden on hospital resources. The new rule closes an “immigration loophole,” the statement added. “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,” it continued.
The Trump administration has sought to limit immigration to the United States, and President Donald Trump has been particularly critical of birthright citizenship.
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