Southern California apartment complexes that doubled as "maternity hotels" for Chinese women who want made-in-America babies were raided early Tuesday, capping an unprecedented federal sting operation, officials said.
NBC News was on the scene as Homeland Security agents swept into The Carlyle, a luxury property in Irvine, California, which housed pregnant women and new moms who allegedly forked over $40,000 to $80,000 to give birth in the United States.
"I am doing this for the education of the next generation," one of the women told NBC News.
None of the women were arrested; they are being treated as material witnesses, and paramedics were on hand in case any of them went into labor during the sweep.
Instead, the investigation was aimed at ringleaders who pocketed hundreds of thousands of dollars tax-free to help Chinese nationals obtain visas and then pamper them until they delivered in an American hospital at a discount, court papers show.
"It's not necessarily illegal to come here to have the baby, but if you lie about your reasons for coming here, that's visa fraud," said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations for Los Angeles.
All told, the feds raided 20 locations in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties, targeting three competing birth tourism schemes, officials said. The suspected operators have not been charged but are being questioned.
The organizers who allegedly ran the Carlyle site, Chao Chen and Dong Li, used a website to drum up business, touting the benefits of a child with U.S. citizenship: 13 years of free education, low-cost college financial aid, less pollution, and a path for the entire family to emigrate when the child becomes an adult.
More secrets coming out. We have states operating AGAINST American interests.
This practice has been commonly known for a least 2 decades, speedy work by the feds, wow.
I do a lot of tweeting of evidence that proves Obama ineligible and I've had several obots refer to me in tweets while adding @FBI & @CIA and asking them to "check me out" or that I might "harm the President". I would always tweet back and ask the fbi & cia to please look at my evidence and would send them the link to my eligibility evidence...sooo...I'm wondering if they are finally waking up as to who are citizens (NOT anchor babies)...do they also know that Obama is ineligible?
I hope so!
sounds like the community where Francisco sanchez dwells
it's like some kind of Trump effect, even though he hasn't been elected to anything.
of course to Liberals, - selling something that's not yours is their idea of Capitalism.
Mary, it's just for show....
these are the anchor babies we were hearing so much about. These are just the Chinese. We also have Russian Hotels, Iranians, Somalian. It's not our immigration policies are broken, it's the people in charge of our government that are broken. Get rid of them and put someone who is not afraid to enforce our laws and watch how quickly this stops.
tie their tubes, and send them back. Is the hotel courtesy of Michele Obama?
You are correct and to BE a citizen at birth, BOTH parents MUST be citizens! The author of the 14th Amendment proves this when he said on record in the House:
“All from other lands, who by the terms of [congressional] laws and a compliance with their provisions become naturalized, are adopted citizens of the United States; all other persons born within the Republic, of parents owing allegiance to no other sovereignty, are natural born citizens. Gentleman can find no exception to this statement touching natural-born citizens except what is said in the Constitution relating to Indians.” (Congressional Globe, House of Representatives 37th Congress, 2nd S...
And we are not talking about persons born abroad, we are talking about ones born here and they are not citizens unless both parents are citizens!