Birthing Hotels Spark Crackdown in Los Angeles County

Huffington Post, January 28, 2013

Los Angeles County is planning a crackdown on makeshift maternity wards where mothers from other countries stay while giving birth so their children will be U.S. citizens.

The county has received 60 complaints about such facilities in the past month, according to a report by the Planning Department submitted to the Board of Supervisors, the Los Angeles Times ( reported Sunday.

That compared to just 15 complaints in the previous five years. The surge might be due to publicity over the closure of a house in Chino Hills that authorities contended had been used to house as many as 30 Chinese women.

It isn’t illegal for foreign citizens to give birth in the U.S., but authorities say the maternity tourism hotels frequently are remodeled single-family homes in areas that aren’t zoned for hotels or boarding houses.

County Supervisor Don Knabe wants to develop a county law that would specifically outlaw such facilities.


The Planning Commission report said efforts were being made to crack down on the hotels for zoning, building and health code violations.

Pregnant women, many from Asia, can pay thousands of dollars to stay in the facilities, authorities said.


Inspections can be difficult because people answering the door sometimes claim they are unable to speak English and won’t allow inspectors to enter. The Planning Department will try to include Chinese-language translators on its inspection teams, the report said.


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  • The__Bobster

    Ah, another “benefit” from the model minority. I’m sure Yuan Chinaman approves.

  • Barrack Osama

    Don’t worry. Eventually, no one will even want to be a U.S citizen.

    • You are absolutely correct! In fact, there has been a surge in US citizens with another citizenship renouncing their US blue book. US is turning into a cesspool!

  • bigone4u

    Now I’ve heard everything. Until that is the next outrage related to these people that law enforcement uncovers.

  • StillModerated

    A few years ago, some loud-mouthed Chinese general boasted that they could hit LA with a guided missile. They might want to move those birthing hotels to Las Vegas instead.

    • Bernie

      General Tso would be doing us a favor if he sent one of his missiles to LA.

  • KYTim89

    his might be the perfect time and place and topic for me to ask a question that has been burning in miy mind and one that I wished to read other’s opinions concerning it. A trend that seems to be happening nowadays is that white American males will go over sees and marry woman from such places as Asia and the various Latin American countries. He will then bring hsi bride back to the states where she can apply for citizenship to the United States. When it comes to such things as illegal immigration and his wife the white man says, “My wife came legally and passed through the proper channels.” My question is this: How is this any different than the anchor baby fiasco that so many foreigners take advantage of to become citizens?

    Granted that if someone does go through the proper protocols and is honest and wants to be an American then more power to them. However, how is “Anchor baby tourism” any different than Anchor marriages? Should the foreign peson marrying the American have to passed through the system on their own without being engaged to said American?

    • KYTim89

      I should also add that these American males tend to be conservatives who say, “We need al the Latino immigration to the US that we can get, but I do not support illegal immigration.”

    • pcmustgo

      Gays are now trying to get in on this. OH, BTW, HERE IN NYC, KNEW ******************************TONS OF IMMIGRANTS SEEKING FAKE MARRIAGES- AND GETTING THEM. The going rate is $10,000 per marriage.

    • ed91

      go to typing class or learn to edit………. that’s assuming you can spell.

      • KYTim89

        Thank you for your advice.

    • Triarius

      If the anchor marriage is a sham, than yes it is almost as bad, not equal. That is because anchor babies is another generation of people that are anti American. Sham marriages rarey produce kids, and often time, the spouses do not even live in the same house or town.

      But you are forgetting one thing, anchor marriages are in the thousands, anchor babies are in the tens of millions. You are comparing apples to millions of oranges.

  • SintiriNikos

    If we enforced laws and respected the Constitution rather than refer to it as ‘you little book’, as Piers Morgan did when he was getting dismantled in his ‘debate’ with Ben Shapiro, we wouldn’t have to worry about this stuff.

    Since when does the 14th Amendment give citizenship to anybody born here? How ridiculous is that? The legislators at the time made it clear that it doesn’t apply to just anybody born within the USA’s borders, and even took the effort to add (in Section 1) ‘ and subject to the jurisdiction thereof (ie. of the USA)’.

    But hey, the Constitution is a living document after all. This may be the only instance where ‘living’ is synonymous to ‘dead’.

  • Bernie

    “Los Angeles County is planning a crackdown on makeshift maternity wards
    where mothers from other countries stay while giving birth so their
    children will be U.S. citizens.”

    Huh? Haven’t they been listening to John McCain, Lindsay Graham, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio? Don’t they know that they are cracking down on the next generation of young Republicans?

  • tickyul

    No hope for this once fine country……just join me and laugh at its fetid remains.

  • potato78
    • Tired of Asians trolls on AR

      Get lost TROLL !

  • potato78

    30 Chinese women, what is big deal? Compared to millions illegal hispanics, blacks, and others. That is nothing. Plus they pay a lot for that business.

    • Whites only

      The big deal is that it’s not the only place that does so and that you asians are making a mockery of our laws and Constitution. This is our land, not yours, period.

      • potato78

        You should produce 78 white babies first before your daughters marry blacks and Hispanics. Action is louder than words.
        You don”t even know what you talk about. Yes, if you are Mexican, it”s your land.
        If your grandpa came from Europe, you will lose your land to Hispanics within 25 years.

        • Nathanwartooth

          1. Mexico invades the US and tries to take it over
          2. They fail
          3. We are nice enough to let them keep their country and the land that we want we offer money for it
          4. They take our money

          So the first step would be them giving us our money back.

          If you think that the land we bought belongs to Mexicans then I guess any person that gets to any part of land first is the owner, forever and ever. We should probably start figuring out whose ancestors stepped foot where first so we can start redistributing all of the land.

          As a homework assignment you should start reading about history. Then you should take a logic class. Your failures in both subjects are too pronounced.

    • Angry White Woman

      Because it’s ~30 in EACH house, multiplied by hundreds or thousands of houses in EACH city, multiplied by most large and some small cities in the U.S. Just 30 until you do the math…
      That’s like saying, “What’s the big deal, the Mexican woman only has 8 or 10 kids…” until you do the math.

      • potato78

        Angry doesn’t help. May make things worse.
        You have to prioritize your things first.
        You can’t even solve your illegal immigration problem, how could you solve your legal problem?
        By the way, congress will pass a law to have more legal immigrants to come to the country. Yes, more indians are going to come here. You can not defeat them, you have to join them.

  • Luca

    If the United States ever needed an enema, the doctors would insert the tube in California. If California ever needed one, the doctors would be arguing endlessly on whether to insert in SF or LA. Due to lack of applying the enema, the end result is the same, the State becomes over loaded with know, and so first the State is lost and then the whole country succumbs to the same untreated ailment.


    We need to revoke the citizenship of every single one of these anchor babies as well as revoking the citizenship of and deporting everyone who was involved with this business.

  • JP Straley

    The Wong Kim Ark (WKA, 1898) ) case is often cited as the linchpin for the legal
    status of anchor babies. There has been plenty of commentary on WKA, but the truly narrow application of WKA is emphasized by reviewing the concise statement of the question the case was meant to decide, written by Hon. Horace Gray, Justice for the majority in this decision.

    “[W]hether a child born in the
    United States, of parents of Chinese descent, who, at the time of his birth,
    are subjects of the Emperor of China, but have a permanent domicile and residence in the United States, and are
    there carrying on business, and are
    not employed in any diplomatic or official capacity under the Emperor of China,
    becomes at the time of his birth a citizen of the United States by virtue of
    the first clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution.” (Italics added.)

    Occasionally foreign couples take a trip (“birthright tourism”) to the US
    during the last phase of the wife’s pregnancy so she can give birth in the US. Our existing (quite illegal!) practice is to give birthright citizenship to the child. WKA calls out two qualifications to allow birthright citizenship: (1) permanent domicile and residence and (2) carrying on business. Birth tourism answers neither condition. WKA is therefore
    disqualified as justification and precedent for a birth tourism child to be granted birthright citizenship.

    JP Straley

  • king

    This is very simple to resolve: if the parents are U.S citizen or down the road they will become a U.S citizen, a child can inherit their new citizenship. if parents are not or do not become a U.S citizen, then the child should inherit his or her parents original citizenship what ever it is.