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.
This is what Mr. Trump is talking about. It's not only Hispanics, it is also Chinese nationals. They come here to dump their babies and expect all the benefits of an American. While tax payers pay for all of these things. The are laughing at us.
We have to change the law, so that anchor babies are not feasible. Like for example if the mother enters the USA pregnant, the baby is not liable for citizenship, or citizenship is for the baby at the time of conception not when it was born.
How any state lets this happen is sick. They should be watching and stopping asap.
Places like this have been going on for more years than I can count. I thought everyone knew about them. It's like the 35 terrorist training camps in the US. The Gov . knows about but doesn't care about .We even have one at least right here in SC. If we get someone with nice pointed teeth in the White House maybe we can blow these camps to hell. If we take down all these damn mosques, and quit giving them all these rights that Americans don't get , maybe we wouldn't have to see so many coming here.(And we wouldn't have to pay for them.)
It is one, hard to believe Liberal Californians did not protest and try to block the Feds from carrying out the raid and secondly, I can't believe Obama allowed the Feds to carry out the raid!?
Hell the Hotel was probably one of Obama's agendas and paid for with Our Tax Dollars!