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PETE'S BROTHER
03-24-2011, 03:23 PM
SAN GABRIEL, Calif. Authorities shut down a makeshift maternity clinic crammed with 10 newborns and a dozen Chinese women who paid as much as $35,000 to travel to Southern California to give birth to children who would automatically be U.S. citizens, a newspaper reported Thursday.
Police and city inspectors closed the converted home on March 8 in San Gabriel, a suburb east of Los Angeles, after the owner was repeatedly warned that it violated building codes, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported.
The home had extra rooms and some closets had been converted into bathrooms. Officials found medical supplies along with Chinese-language pamphlets on baby care.
Some babies were being cared for in what used to be the kitchen. All were examined and found to be healthy, code enforcement officer Jorge Arellano Arellano said.
U.S. law automatically entitles children born on U.S. soil to citizenship, and it is not illegal for pregnant women to visit the U.S. to give birth.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110324/ap_on_re_us/us_illegal_maternity_ward

Dwight Chang of Arcadia, who owns the home that was closed, was fined $800 for violating building codes and operating without a business license. He denied wrongdoing.

and gettin' up to $35k/"legal baby" ? dude made bank...

binnie
03-24-2011, 07:29 PM
Horrendous.

Seshmeister
03-24-2011, 08:22 PM
Same thing was happening in Ireland too for quite a while.