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'Birth tourists' come to the U.S. to give birth

Posted by Kristi Palma  January 29, 2013 11:36 AM

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Thousands of pregnant mothers from China are traveling to the U.S. as "birth tourists," so their children can be born in the U.S. and claim U.S. citizenship, reports CBS News.

"I want her to live a happy life," said one Chinese father in the video above.

His 4-month-old daughter was born in Los Angeles and the family has since traveled back to China. His family paid $27,000 for his daughter to be born in America, according to the report.

The family stayed in what is called a "maternity hotel" in Los Angeles. Some neighbors who live near one of these hotels have expressed concern over the issue.


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Kristi Palma, Moms producer, is the mom of a first grader and a preschooler. She is a writer who enjoys cooking her grandmother's Italian recipes (when her son isn't launching paper airplanes into them). Follow her on Twitter @kristipalma.
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