The Trump administration unveiled a new regulation on Thursday to curb what is termed “birth tourism” by the administration.
If officials have “reason to believe” that they intend to travel to the U.S. for the primary purpose of giving birth to a child in the U.S., it would give the government more power to deny certain visas to women, thus obtaining U.S. citizenship for the child.
The State Department “does not believe that visiting the United States for the primary purpose of obtaining a child’s U.S. citizenship by giving birth in the U.S. — an activity commonly referred to as’ birth tourism’ — is a legitimate activity for pleasure or recreational purposes,” according to the new rule that comes into effect Friday.
The visas covered by the new rule are issued to those seeking pleasure, medical treatment, or friends and family visits.
Thursday the White House announced that the State Department “will no longer grant temporary visitors (B-1/B-2) visas to aliens seeking ‘ birth tourism ‘ to enter the United States.”
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