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BY JOE CHIODO

Residents of one Southern California suburb say an unlikely business has popped up in their neighborhood--and they’re not happy.  It’s known as a “maternity hotel,” and Chinese mothers are allegedly paying thousands of dollars to use it.  KGTV has the details.

“This seven bedroom home in Chino hills, owned by Hai Yong Wu apparently hosts pregnant women from China, in order to have their babies born in the US.  Wu’s website offers maternity packages ranging from 5 thousand to 15 thousand dollars.”

The practice itself is actually legal.  According to the LA Times...

“Southern California has become a hub of so-called birthing tourism. It is not illegal for pregnant women to travel to the U.S. to give birth. Birthing centers advertise in wealthier Chinese cities, where some women can afford the thousands necessary to make the trip to America for a few months.”

The 14th Amendment to the US Constitution grants all babies born in the country automatic citizenship. But the San Gabriel Valley Tribune explains the way this hilltop home operates is illegal.

“A number of undocumented women are giving birth...[they] allegedly come to the house in their last trimester but conceal their pregnancy from U.S. customs officials...The house is also in violation for "operating a hotel in rural residential zone district" and for "using the single family custom home for other purposes than what is permitted."

Residents of the neighborhood are calling it an illegal Chinese Maternity operation and want it shut down.  KGPE shows us their reaction.

“Neighbors staged a heated protest outside a home they claim is being used as a hotel for mothers-to-be from mainland China.  The protesters say buses and vans are constantly dropping off pregnant women at the home.”

Phrases such as “No Birth Tourism” and “Not here, not in USA!” appeared on many of the 70 some protesters signs.  The residents have also started a grassroots group called “Not in Chino Hills.” Voicing their anger on their website.

“We are concerned Chino Hills residents that want to preserve our family oriented community.  We want to continue to enjoy our beautiful city and we welcome everyone. But to preserve what we cherish we must also protect our city.”

Fox News provides insight as to why many Chino residents find the operation threatening.

“What the picketers say is morally wrong about the "maternity motel" is that children born there have dual citizenship and at age 21 can use that to bring family members in the country.”

Last week- the city issued Wu a cease-and-desist order. Officials say right now they will continue handling code enforcement issues at the property, but are not yet dealing with the alleged maternity operation.

California Residents Upset Over Chinese 'Maternity Hotel'

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Dec 2, 2012

California Residents Upset Over Chinese 'Maternity Hotel'

(Image Source: The Inquisitr)

 

BY JOE CHIODO

Residents of one Southern California suburb say an unlikely business has popped up in their neighborhood--and they’re not happy.  It’s known as a “maternity hotel,” and Chinese mothers are allegedly paying thousands of dollars to use it.  KGTV has the details.

“This seven bedroom home in Chino hills, owned by Hai Yong Wu apparently hosts pregnant women from China, in order to have their babies born in the US.  Wu’s website offers maternity packages ranging from 5 thousand to 15 thousand dollars.”

The practice itself is actually legal.  According to the LA Times...

“Southern California has become a hub of so-called birthing tourism. It is not illegal for pregnant women to travel to the U.S. to give birth. Birthing centers advertise in wealthier Chinese cities, where some women can afford the thousands necessary to make the trip to America for a few months.”

The 14th Amendment to the US Constitution grants all babies born in the country automatic citizenship. But the San Gabriel Valley Tribune explains the way this hilltop home operates is illegal.

“A number of undocumented women are giving birth...[they] allegedly come to the house in their last trimester but conceal their pregnancy from U.S. customs officials...The house is also in violation for "operating a hotel in rural residential zone district" and for "using the single family custom home for other purposes than what is permitted."

Residents of the neighborhood are calling it an illegal Chinese Maternity operation and want it shut down.  KGPE shows us their reaction.

“Neighbors staged a heated protest outside a home they claim is being used as a hotel for mothers-to-be from mainland China.  The protesters say buses and vans are constantly dropping off pregnant women at the home.”

Phrases such as “No Birth Tourism” and “Not here, not in USA!” appeared on many of the 70 some protesters signs.  The residents have also started a grassroots group called “Not in Chino Hills.” Voicing their anger on their website.

“We are concerned Chino Hills residents that want to preserve our family oriented community.  We want to continue to enjoy our beautiful city and we welcome everyone. But to preserve what we cherish we must also protect our city.”

Fox News provides insight as to why many Chino residents find the operation threatening.

“What the picketers say is morally wrong about the "maternity motel" is that children born there have dual citizenship and at age 21 can use that to bring family members in the country.”

Last week- the city issued Wu a cease-and-desist order. Officials say right now they will continue handling code enforcement issues at the property, but are not yet dealing with the alleged maternity operation.

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