Africa: U.S. Stops Issuance of Visa for Childbirth

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24 January 2020

The United States Thursday said it would no longer issue visas to foreigners who want to give birth in the country.

According to a statement released by the office of the press secretary, the rule will be effective from Friday (today).

The White House press secretary, Ms Stephanie Grisham, said the rule change is necessary to enhance public safety and the integrity of the immigration system.

"Beginning January 24, 2020, the State Department will no longer issue temporary visitor (B-1/B-2) visas to aliens seeking to enter the United States for "birth tourism" - the practice of travelling to the United States to secure automatic and permanent American citizenship for their children by giving birth on American soil," the statement read.

"The birth tourism industry threatens to overburden valuable hospital resources and is rifled with criminal activity, as reflected in federal prosecutions.

"Closing this glaring immigration loophole will combat these endemic abuses and ultimately protect the United States from the national security risks created by this practice.

"It will also defend American taxpayers from having their hard-earned dollars siphoned away to finance the direct and downstream costs associated with birth tourism.

"The integrity of American citizenship must be protected."

It had earlier been reported that President Donald Trump was planning to expand the countries on the list of the travel ban.

Wall Street Journal reported that Nigeria might be on the list but it has not been confirmed.

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