Gary Tuchman | BIO
The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution declares in part that "all persons born...in the United States..are citizens of the United States."
That is precisely why a Mexican mother I just met came to the U.S. while pregnant. Lupita did not want to use her last name, but told me she used a tourist visa to come to the U.S. in order to give birth to her son who is now 3 years old.
Hector is now a dual citizen of Mexico and the U.S. His parents remain only Mexican citizens. The whole family remains in Mexico, but Lupita wants her son to have options to live in the United States some day if he so chooses.
Also, she acknowledges that when he is an adult, Hector can help his parents become U.S. citizens.
There is a movement underway by some political leaders to make changes to the 14th Amendment as part of a broader plan to implement immigration reform. But Lupita believes that is unfair. She says all the world's children deserve the same treatment in life.
How common is "birth tourism?" Apparently, quite common. In the year Hector was born in Fort Worth, Texas, the state reported at least 60,000 births to undocumented mothers. And amazingly, in the public hospital where Hector was born, officials tell us they estimate 70 percent of their births are to undocumented mothers. Not all those mothers come to the U.S. specifically to have their children; but all the children have something in common. They are all U.S. citizens.
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