SEPTEMBER 15, 2016 | The Jewish Home
make a nice profit, the hospital is appealing to Russian women who are expecting. They are advertising superior medical care for mother and baby. The bonus? A baby present of American citizenship for the newest member of the family. The fees range from $8,500 to $27,500.
on more domestic responsibilities so that more women have the opportunity to pursue demanding fields,” the AAUW wrote in its report. “We need employers to embrace a more flexible workplace, allowing women and men to move in and out of the workforce as they balance careers,
family, and personal goals. In essence, we all need to intentionally engage in making diversity and inclusion work on a daily basis.” Perhaps a women will be leading the highest office in the land in the next few months. That would be real progress.
An Easy Path to Citizenship? Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center of Secaucus, New Jersey, has a new campaign that would surely upset Donald Trump. In an effort to
The “AmeriMama” program is a profitable and provocative business method called “birth tourism,” the practice of soliciting pregnant women from other countries to deliver their children in the U.S. in order to grant them American citizenship. “Childbirth in New York is the best investment in the future of your family!” reads the Russian-language AmeriMama website. The hospital has been running an aggressive ad campaign in Russia promising to help secure citizenship papers, passports, and travel visas. Technically the hospital is not breaking any laws (yet) but it is a move angering many. “They claim they’re selling their hospital services, but the unspoken benefit of this is that the child gets a U.S. passport and U.S. citizenship,” said Jessica Vaughan, of the Center for Immigration Studies. The campaign was brought public in the U.S. by a local publication called the NJ Spotlight. Shortly after the campaign was exposed to the public, the AmeriMama website was shut down and its Facebook page was removed. Each year there are about 40,000 babies born to foreign couples in the U.S. The exact laws of birth tourism are not clear. While it is not illegal for foreign couples to give birth in the U.S., it is illegal for them to lie to immigration officials about the reasons for their visit. “There is no clear law that prevents hospitals from establishing this business and promoting it abroad, and there’s no law against a foreigner coming here for the specific purpose of having a baby,” said Vaughan. “It only crosses the line into a violation of law if they
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