President Donald Trump’s administration published a new visa imperative on Thursday to restrict pregnant women from travelling to the States to give birth just so their children could have an opportune US passport.
According to the rules in the Federal Register, applicants will be denied US visas if their main aim is to go to the country to give birth.
This will indeed be a big challenge to these women. How would you know if the person’s aim is to go there to seek for medical attention and not to give birth?
The practice of travelling to the US to give birth is fundamentally legal, although there are scattered cases of authorities arresting operators of so-called birth tourism agencies for visa fraud or tax evasion. And women are often honest about their intentions when applying for visas and even show signed contracts with doctors and hospitals.
The State Department “does not believe that visiting the United States for the primary purpose of obtaining US citizenship for a child, by giving birth in the United States – an activity commonly referred to as ‘birth tourism’ – is a legitimate activity for pleasure or of a recreational nature,” according to the new rules, which take effect Friday.
It is obvious that Trump’s administration has been restricting all forms of immigration looking at what has happened over the years ever since he was sworn in.
I believe consular officers do not have the right to ask women if they are pregnant or intend to get pregnant during visa application interview but they are still bound on finding out if a woman’s primarily aim of travelling to the US is just to give birth.
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA