Owners of a house in California are accused of luring pregnant women from China by offering US citizenship arise. Neighbors are outraged, and are bringing their complaints forward.
The “Maternity Mansion,” as it was dubbed, raised eyebrows before, as its administrators were suspected of running a human trafficking scheme from the house.
Inquiries revealed that the business incorporates selling maternity packages to Chinese mothers who want to give birth in the States.
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relates their large fees, which are advertised as a “worthwhile investment.” At the house in Chino Hills, mothers can give birth to American babies for a sum ranging between $5,000 (€3,800) and $15,000 (€11,500).
On their AsiamChild
website, owners who turned their mansion into a maternity ward proclaim that Chinese mums will benefit from higher medical standards if they choose to give birth in the States. However, the 14th Amendment gives the babies the right to become naturalized citizens, since they are born on American soil.
Neighbors forming the “Not In Chino Hills” group are determined to stop what they believe are immoral actions.
“We are trying to get the word out that we are not going to condone this type of behavior and allow this type of business to come into our family-oriented community,” Rossana Mitchell, spokeswoman for the organization, states.
The group described the Maternity Mansion initiative as a business, in which US citizenship is sold.
“It's so blatant and from doing my research, this is an epidemic and it's nationwide. [...] It's a way to buy citizenship. We don't want it here in Chino Hills,” she says.
Their research showed that, on said website, mothers are advised to hide their pregnancies from Customs and Borders Protection officers when coming in to the country. They are promised a chance at free education for their children, in the United States.