California’s “Maternity Mansion” Where Pregnant Chinese Women Pay So Their Babies Are Born American Citizens
The house is in a wealthy neighborhood in Chino Hills, California.
Neighbors say the home is a ‘maternity mansion,’ a hotel where Chinese women stay for the last few months of their pregnancy so their children are born on American soil – and are therefore American citizens.
Experts say the practice is widespread and that authorities are nearly powerless to stop it. The 14th Amendment guarantees that any person born in the United States is an American citizen and is afforded all the rights granted by the Constitution…
The Chino Hills home is owned by Hai Yong Wu, a Chinese national who operates the website AsiamChild.com.
The website says that for $5,000 to $15,000, Chinese women can stay for the remainder of their pregnancies in the seven-bedroom home and give birth to their child on U.S. soil.
The Chinese-language site also includes tips on how expectant mothers can hide their pregnancies from U.S. customs officials.
The site suggests women wear black and put a backpack or a bag in front of their bulging stomachs.