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Birth Tourism Hotel For Chinese Nationals Ordered To Be Shut Down

chineseA California motel that exclusively catered to Chinese nationals hoping to enter the United States and give birth, thus giving their children automatic U.S. citizenship, has been ordered to be shut down.

Orange, California city officials on Tuesday voted to revoke JR Motel’s conditional use permit, deeming that the owner was not operating the facility for its intended use, according to The Orange County Register. City officials have ordered the hotel to be shut down by the end of April.

Despite its name, the JR Motel does not operate like a usual motor lodge. It does not accept reservations or even have a sign to attract customers.

Instead, the JR Motel advertised to affluent Chinese women entering the United States while pregnant to give birth on American soil — a practice known as “birth tourism.” The hotel — located in the southern California city of Orange — advertised itself on a Chinese-language website for women seeking a place to stay before and after giving birth.

While birth tourism is legal in the United States, city officials argued that the long-term stay of the hotel’s occupants placed it into the category of lodging or boarding house — which the area is not zoned for. JR Motel is also accused of violating building, safety and fire codes.

“[Hotel owner Chi Huang], from 2015 to present, demonstrated very little respect for our law, very little respect for our community, very little respect for the human life of his tenants. And he was focused solely on making money,” Councilman Chip Monaco said during a teleconference meeting.

“His violations were egregious. And from the get go,” added Kim Nichols, another council member.

An attorney representing Huang asked city councilors to refrain from making any decision until the end of May, saying that his client is hoping to sell the motel and has several people interested in buying it. However, that request was not met with a warm reception.

“I am in no way interested in helping Mr. Huang capitalize and make money yet again on his poor bad faith behavior in this town,” Monaco said. “If there was ever a case to revoke a [permit,] if there are any criminal charges we could pursue, I would be completely and 100 % supportive of that.”

City staff voted to revoke the motel’s conditional use permit, and Huang has been reported to California’s licensing board.

Ten of the hotel’s 28 rooms are occupied, and the owner is no longer accepting new clients. The customers who remain are pregnant Chinese nationals who can’t yet board an international flight back.

The case highlights the ongoing debate around birth tourism in the country.

Under the 14th Amendment, any individual born in the United States is given automatic citizenship. This has given rise to thousands of pregnant foreign nationals entering the country every year hoping to give birth here, and enjoying the perks that come with having an immediate relative with U.S. citizenship.President Donald Trump, who has made immigration enforcement a hallmark of his administration, has expressed interest in issuing an executive order to end birthright citizenship.

Reprinted with Permission from - Daily Caller by - Jason Hopkins

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3 years ago

I hope that this business of ‘birth tourism’ is brought to a complete halt. But there are so many ‘Chinese/Americans’ living in California now, I suspect it will be difficult to bring this birth trade to a complete halt. In fact I’ve wondered if California laws would
change anything because there are so many Chinese citizens already in California that they probably represent a major portion of
the state.
Just my thoughts.

3 years ago

The 14th amendment specifically states “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside”.
When an infant returns to China (or any other country) with its mother, that ” person” is not residing in the U.S. and a state of the U.S.
I fail to understand how this person can be a citizen of the United States.

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