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Chinese Moms Abuse U.S. Birth Right

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In 2010, Chinese agencies stepped up "birth tourism" packages for rich pregnant women to book vacations in America timed to their due dates — to exploit the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of citizenship to anyone born here and thus giving the Chinese children future competitive advantages against non-Americans who must apply for U.S. visas. A September USA Today report indicated that more Chinese mothers now prefer to land in the U.S. territory of Northern Mariana Islands (where birth also bestows citizenship), to the consternation of Islands officials, who'd prefer traditional Chinese tourists instead of the "birthers." Historians agree that the 14th Amendment birth right was aimed at assuring citizenship for freed slaves.

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