Inilah satu cara menipu yang dilakukan mereka untuk mendapat kerakyatan automatik … di Amerika Syarikat oleh orang-orang dari negara China.
FBI raids homes suspected of conducting ‘birth tourism’ for Chinese women
FBI agents have raided at least 20 homes suspected of being involved in birth tourism schemes facilitating accommodation and travel for pregnant Chinese women wanting to have their babies in the United States.
The raids are the first such action by US authorities against birth tourism, an industry has been growing in recent years, largely out of sight of the law.
Investigators carried out early morning raids at dozens of properties in California.
“I saw a man that had … a big dolly thing piled to the ceiling with diapers and I’ve seen a man wearing a chef’s hat … Chinese ladies carrying trays of food up and down elevators every morning,” resident Linda Trust told reporters.
“They’d bring in 20 beds at a time.”
Birth tourists have been reported from many places, including Mexico and Taiwan, but they are mostly women from China, travelling to the US to give their children automatic US citizenship.
“Women bring their babies back with them to China. The point is they have the advantage of being US citizens now, so they can come back at some point to go to school or whatever the family decides,” homeland security special agent Claude Arnold said.
The United States and Canada are the only developed countries that still give unconditional citizenship to children born in the territory.
When those children turn 21, they can then help their parents become legal US residents.
US authorities believe thousands of Chinese women have travelled to the US with the sole purpose of giving birth, which they say is illegal.
“It is against the law to lie about it during the visa application process and when you arrive in the United States and you’re questioned by officers with customs and border protection,” Mr Arnold said.
Authorities said the so-called maternity hotels would charge up to $50,000 for the women’s food, lodging and transport.
The operators are also suspected of tax fraud and money-laundering, bringing about the raids.
“More importantly, what we’re investigating is the allegation that these companies facilitate the women to commit visa fraud,” Mr Arnold said.
Citing unsealed affidavits, the New York Times reported the companies warned women to wear loose clothing and arrive a few months before their due date.
They usually land in tourist spots like Las Vegas or Hawaii, rather than LA, where there is greater scrutiny.
No arrests have been made in the investigation so far.