Trump blocks visas for pregnant women coming to give birth for citizenship

Trump blocks visas for pregnant women coming to give birth for citizenship

The conservative government of Donald Trump is seeking to tighten the rules for expectant mothers who fly to the US to give birth for citizenship. US law provides for citizenship to be automatically granted to any child born in the country and it is a law which has long been exploited by people who hope to become US citizens themselves.

The directive was issued by the State Department on Thursday, it gave visa officers more power to block pregnant women abroad from visiting the United States and directed them to stop “birth tourism” — trips designed to obtain citizenship for their children.

The Trump administration is using the new rule, which takes effect on Friday, to push consular officers abroad to reject women they believe are entering the United States specifically to gain citizenship for their child by giving birth. The visas covered by the new rule are issued to those seeking to visit for pleasure, medical treatment or to see friends and family.

It is a policy that will appeal to trump supporters as they have long railed against so called “anchor babies” which allow other family members to become US citizen because of their American child. Follow us on Twitter and on Facebook
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