Los Angeles moves to restrict Chinese birthing tourism
Calling southern California’s maternity hotels “underground money-making schemes,” a Los Angeles lawmaker wants them shut down in order to restrict the inflow of pregnant Chinese women seeking to give birth on American soil.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe asked colleagues to approve a series of steps designed to ultimately close the hotels – typically single-family homes carved into bedrooms where visiting women pay to stay in anticipation of giving birth to a child who will be born a U.S. citizen.
“His intent here with this motion is not to regulate these maternity hotels, it’s to eliminate them,” Knabe’s spokeswoman, Cheryl Burnett, said following a Board of Supervisors meeting.
“These are really underground money-making schemes that attract women to the U.S. to have their babies,” she said.
It’s tough being Chinese. All you want is your children to have a better life, the dream of every parent, and at every turn, home and abroad, people are making it difficult, either infringing on your rights as a collective or insulting your individual dignity with pejoratives like “locusts.” What’s a person to do? And you? Accept your lot, or try the next country? Canada’s nice in springtime…