Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) has introduced legislation to help end birth tourism. This is a practice often employed by wealthy foreigners to obtain U.S. citizenship for their children. Typically it involves pregnant foreign women who schedule vacations in the U.S. in order to deliver their children here. Under current interpretation of the law, a child born on U.S. soil is an automatic citizen.
Blackburn’s bill would make it harder for suspected birth tourists to obtain visas from U.S. embassies. She stated that “Our nation’s citizenship is not for sale to those who pay to come here and give birth. Citizenship is for those who love our great country and want to contribute to and preserve freedom—not those parachuting in to obtain a second citizenship so they may come back whenever they please.”
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