CIS: Nearly 200,000 Children Born in U.S. to Temporary Foreign Visitors

NumbersUSA, March 15, 2011

A new report by the Center for Immigration Studies finds that 200,000 children were born to women who were lawfully admitted to the United States on a temporary basis. These 200,000 children receive automatic citizenship to the United States despite the mother’s allegiance to another nation. {snip}

In addition to CIS’ finding on births to foreign visitors, the report also found that 300,000 children are born to children of illegal alien parents each year.

Of the 200,000 children born to visitors, CIS found that in 20% of the cases (39,000), the mother came to the United States for the sole purpose of giving birth–a practice known as birth tourism. Another 20,000 births are estimated to young foreign women who reside in the United States for temporary stays of multiple years such as students and guest workers.


[W. D. Reasoner’s report, “Birthright Citizenship for the Children of Visitors: A National Security Problem in the Making?” can be read here.]


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