Some residents of Chino Hills in Southern California have been carrying signs that which say, "not in my backyard". The residents are protesting what they say is a maternity center for Chinese mothers. They claim the pregnant women pay thousands of dollars to give birth here in the U.S. so their children can gain American citizenship and the benefits that come with it, such as a better and cheaper education. It is not illegal, the 14th Amendment guarantees citizenship to all people born or naturalized in the United States. The protestors however say it is a form of birthing tourism which should not be tolerated in a residential neighborhood. Spokesperson for the group, “Not In Chino Hills" Rossana Mitchell joins “Starting Point” this morning to discuss her concern for the community regarding the maternity hotel operation.
Mitchell who is also a candidate for city council in the neighborhood says there was a three to four month long investigation into the whereabouts of the townhouse by a detective from the Chino Hills police. Originally police were concerned about the possibilities of human trafficking but the investigation later concluded the townhouse was being used as a hotel for pregnant women.
On the topic of the 14th Amendment, Mitchell went on to say “apparently there’s a loophole, where you can have a U.S. born baby and get dual citizenship and essentially fly back to your country and … then get all the benefits that we get as U.S. citizens.” Mitchell adds that “they are buying their U.S. citizenship and these types of businesses are promoting that” through websites.
Mitchell says although a letter was sent to the hotel from the city council, members of her organization and other protestors “don’t know how long this process is going to take.” Mitchell adds her ultimate goal is to pressure the person running the business and inform him “we don’t want this here in Chino Hills. We’re a family oriented community. We welcome everyone who wants to be here, raise their families and be part of our community but this type of behavior we’re not going to condone.”