• Women Busted in California for Operating Illegal ‘Birth Tourism’ Service

    Surge Summary: A Californian Chinese national has been convicted for overseeing an illegal “birth tourism” service which has helped Chinese women deliver their babies while visiting America. Are strong-border advocates now allowed to claim this is a real problem? 

    Funny, isn’t it how conservative concerns for America keep getting validated by real-life revelations?

    For instance:

    A Chinese national living in California pleaded guilty to federal charges on Tuesday, and admitted running a lucrative “birth tourism” enterprise helping wealthy pregnant Chinese women have their babies in the U.S. to take advantage of birthright citizenship. [Breck Dumas/The Blaze]

    Dongyuan Li, 41, ran a business called You Win USA Vacation Services Corp., assisting clients from her home country in falsifying tourist documentation. According to court documents, Li’s operation allegedly advertised that the U.S. was the “most attractive nationality,” offering “years of free education, less pollution, retirement benefits and an easier way for an entire family to immigrate with an American-born child,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

    (Pardon me … “less pollution”? Climate mongers might find that the most distressing detail of this account.)

    Li’s scheme provided assistance, room and board to approximately 500 Chinese women between 2013 and March 2015. Costs ranged anywhere from $40,000 to $80,000 per mother. Fox News reports the pregnant clients were taught how to conceal their conditions from U.S. Customs agents at ports of entry.

    Li also admitted “clients were coached on how to pass U.S. consulate interviews in China as well, including by stating falsely that they were going to stay in the U.S. for only two weeks, when they really had planned to stay for up to three months to give birth,” Fox reported.

    This highlights a facet of the United States’ illegal immigrant problem that has not gotten as much attention as the crisis on the Southern border: individuals’ gaining access to the nation through an official entryway and then overstaying their visas.

    Li, her husband, and her business partner did alight financially with their “birth tourism” racket. They paid $2.1 million cash for a house and a $118,000 for a Mercedes-Benz. According to The Sacramento Bee , during operation of the scheme, Li received $3 million in international wire transfers from China.

    As part of a plea deal, Li pleaded guilty to one count of immigration fraud and one count of visa fraud, and will forfeit $850,000, a $500,000 home, and several luxury cars. She is the first of 19 people implicated in the operation, and faces a maximum of 15 years in prison. Li’s sentencing has been set for December.

    U.S. Attorney’s officials said other defendants are either pending trial or have gone on the lam, hiding in China.

    Whether abortion, immigration issues, economic warnings, predictions of problems which will be generated by Leftists’ ideals and policies are routinely proven accurate. Here, for example, the “birthright citizenship” provision of American law is encouraging a shadowy industry in which non-citizens visit the U.S. expressly for the purpose of delivering their child on its soil in order to gain access to legal residency here.

    Too often concerns about this matter are met with eye-rolling or scoffing form open-border advocates — accusations of exaggeration or hysteria against those who take American immigration policy seriously. Progressives continue their “see-no-evil-hear-no-evil” approach to border immigration issues – but, as we see in this story from the Golden State, with shrinkingly less justification.

    H/T: Breck Dumas/The Blaze

    Image adapted from: Dan Evans from Pixabay 

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