A New Jersey Hospital is marketing itself towards pregnant Russian Women. By spending $8500 or more at this hospital to give birth, the child will receive “superior medical care” and best of all, an American citizenship.
“Childbirth in New York is the best investment in the future of your family!” reads the Russian-language AmeriMama website.
According to the NJ Spotlight “The MHMC service, called “AmeriMama,” promotes tour packages that offer to coordinate medical services at Meadowlands Hospital and help the family establish a comfortable life in the area for up to six months. A Russian-language website — which was active for more than a year and taken down after NJ Spotlight raised questions about its content — promised to secure citizenship papers, passports, and travel visas for the baby for fees ranging from $8,500 to $27,500, depending on the level of assistance involved; airfare, housing, and living expenses appear to cost extra.”
The Russian babies who are born in the United States are given American citizenship, and the parents of the child can eventually apply for residency here after a few years, up to a few decades.
Experts say the hospital may not be breaking any laws, but their strategy is bold.
Jessica Vaughan from the Center for Immigration Studies said, “They claim they’re selling their hospital services, but the unspoken benefit of this is that the child gets a U.S. passport and U.S. citizenship.”
Vaughan also told Fox News that, “This is essentially U.S. citizenship up for sale, and this is the first time I’ve seen a hospital itself market to this customer base.”
While it is not illegal for foreign couples to give birth in the U.S., it is only illegal for them to lie to immigration officials about the reasons for their visit. There is no law that states pregnant women can’t travel to the U.S. and reports show that an estimated 40,000 babies are born to couples visiting the U.S. each year.
Since NJ Spotlight’s exposure and investigation of the hospital’s birth-tourism program The AmeriMama website and its Facebook page have been removed.
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