February 15, 2012
Naturally, some foreign parents will have babies born in the CNMI, including foreign contract workers who consider the CNMI their home after spending most of their adult lives working and living in the islands. However, the foreigners who are coming to Saipan for the purpose of delivering babies that will be granted immediate U.S. citizenship are in no way a part of the community. They will return to China or Korea after the babies are delivered at CHC.
The CNMI Delegate, the Governor, and some vocal Republicans in the U.S. Congress (if we are to believe the spin) do not want the legal, long-term foreign contract workers to be given green cards or a pathway to citizenship even though for decades they have contributed so much to the CNMI community. Not one CNMI official has come out to discuss the fact that Saipan has become a backdoor for U.S. citizenship for Chinese tourists, who are strangers who will drop some dollars for a month or two, give birth in the CNMI to create instant U.S. citizens and leave. Perhaps they are silent on the subject because they fear that the visa waivers will disappear if the federal officials hear about this.
The websites that are geared to pregnant Chinese and Korean women, saipanbaby.com known as Kelly and saipanbb.com known as Saipan Children Services Agency, give the impression that the CNMI government is aware of and encouraging this practice. According to both websites the Commonwealth Health Center, the government-run hospital, is involved in booking hospital rooms, setting up prenatal appointments, arranging for the attending physicians and all other hospital-related arrangements for the Chinese mothers. All arrangements from travel, to accommodations, hospital appointments, and securing the newborn's social security card and passport are arranged by the baby tourism companies who charge between $9,775 and about $11,000 per woman. They are coordinating their efforts with multiple people on Saipan.
One person featured on the Saipanbb.com website is former CNMI Immigration Director Melvin Gray. There is a photo of him and the text on the site reads (roughly translated from Chinese):
To have children on Saipan, Saipan government department's advice:
Melvin Grey photo on Saipanbb.com
Former Saipan Director of Immigration, Melvin Mr. Grey
In accordance with the provisions of the 14th Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, the United States to implement the birthplace principle, as long as the child born on U.S. soil, regardless of their parents are not U.S. citizens, the child shall be a U.S. citizen. . .
In 2008, the Saipan Director of Immigration, Melvin Grey said to help foreign women to the state to have children within this approach is fairly common, but in accordance with the provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment, the state or the United States Federal Immigration Service cannot do anything.
He said: "This does not belong to illegal activities. The United States has this problem."
He said U.S. immigration officials sometimes ask a pregnant woman to prove that during her stay in the local payment of the corresponding expenditure, enter What is the purpose in the United States, but as long as these women can produce relevant evidence, completely legal immigration.
He said: "The United States immigration officials is difficult to deal with these things, because women generally come to visit friends, do not stay too long."
He also said that the local immigration officials generally do not ask the purpose of entry of local pregnant women.
He said: "We do not want to ask these questions, the lady of this will bring pressure." He added that if you exert too much pressure, unforeseen circumstances may cause women to have abortions, and if that happens is a serious violation of humanitarian principles.I omitted confusing text about abortion. You can click on the PDFs below to enlarge and read:
It isn't clear if Melvin Grey is involved in bringing the women to the CNMI, if he endorses the site, if he actually stated the words that were attributed to him, if he profits from the baby tourism business, or if he even knows he is featured on the site. But he is featured on the site and that alone is damning.
It is clear that there are people in the CNMI who are profiting off of the baby tourism business. These people include the hotels, guest houses or apartments where the women stay; those that are serving as "guides"and travel agents; those that are serving as the private nannies for the babies; those who are collecting fees for the hospital services and those delivering the babies. Is this one of the ways that CHC plans to recover from bankruptcy? What do Juan Babauta and the hospital physicians have to say about the "several hundred women a year" who deliver babies at the CHC to attain U.S. citizenship?
The Saipan contact number listed on the website is 670-235-2335. Who is this person? One hotel featured and promoted on the Saipan baby site is the Aquarius. Photos of the apartments and guesthouses are also featured on the sites.
Previously I reported on this site about the CNMI-Korean baby tourist industry in Saipan and Guam. In July 2008, I wrote:
For quite some time Saipan has been advertised in Korea as a place for pregnant women to deliver their babies in order for them to receive US citizenship. Last year I discovered that Korean agencies were teamed up with individuals in Saipan to arrange for the mothers' stay at a Saipan hotel, coordinate the hospital and delivery details, and process passports in package deals like any other vacation packages. The pregnant mothers arrive as tourists and return to Korea with their new US citizen babies.
Now the media is reporting that the scheme has spread to China. A July 12, 2008 article from The New American Media reports:The Consolidated Natural Resources Act 2008, which was signed into law by President Bush in May, has become a springboard for Chinese nationals to immigrate to the United States, reports the World Journal. The Act enables the United States to take over the labor and immigration system of Saipan, the largest island and capital of the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Lawyers say that employers in Saipan are allowed to apply for U.S. work visas for immigrant workers under the new act, and that babies born in Saipan automatically be U.S. citizens. Many Chinese are moving to take advantage of the act, the World Journal reports. Immigration services in big cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Wuhan have started programs like “Labor Export to Saipan” and “Deliver an American Baby in Saipan.” Expecting mothers pay anywhere from 140,000 to 240,000 RMB (about 20,000 to 35,000 USD) for the service that will allow them to deliver their babies in Saipan.
One agency that specialises in helping mainlanders deliver babies in Saipan, a US island, charges just 70,000 yuan for round-trip tickets to the island, medical services and two months' food and accommodation. The island has not required visas for Chinese tourists since 2009, and the agency claims people born there automatically get US citizenship.Saipan Baby (Kelly) Goes After Saipan Tribune
The staffer said several hundred mainland women had flown to the island each year since 2009 to have their babies.
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KELLY'S DECLARATION ABOUT THE the REPORTThis extremely unprofessional rant may get the baby tourism business more attention than they expected. Maybe their statement against the Tribune will get the attention of the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, State and Justice. The "nobody can interfere in our business" line may be wrong. Does this business have a business license in the CNMI? Who are the owners?
Yesterday I known that the Saipan Tribune had reported us. The charge, process,
policy and so on. I'm so surprised that nothing can be done.The newspaper and
the reporter are too free and have nothing to do.
Our clients like delivering baby in Saipan.We offer services. That 's equal. They pay. We service. They give us what we want. We give them what they want.
Nothing to discuss. If somebody be angry or dislike, that's his problem of himself. Nobody can interfere our business.
The reporter, listen! You should pay more attention to public security, local
of economy depression and bad human and culture environment in. Saipan.
You should pay more attention to the whores be heisted in Garapan on
daytime.You should pay more attention to marriage illegal cause it now
become worse and worse in this small island.You should pay more attention
to the society contradictions becoming increasingly acute but not us.You are
wasting your time, wasting the newspaper's page and also wasting our time.
The reporter, look! I have a good idea to you: Call your government to revise
the law. Then nobody can get the citizenship by giving birth there.If you can,
just do it. If you can not, shut up and get out!
Finally, next time if you want to report us better call me first and the request
my agreement.Better in Chinese cause my English is just soso.If in Chinese,
I can correct you in some place.You have a lot of mistakes in the knowledge.
Next time if we have chance better we sit together and I will teach you
something. Our business is a complicated article and technique.
Not so the simple as you think!
Certainly the readers of the website who are considering having a baby in Saipan will think twice when they read about "whores heisted in Garapan" in the day. What tourist, whether a vacationer or visitor intending to give birth, wants to go to an island like that!?
It would be great if Haidee or another reporter interviewed Melvin Grey, Juan Babauta and others to see what they think of this baby tourist industry.
Several hundred women paying cash at CHC each year to deliver babies must contribute to the cash flow problems, which may be why the practice is ignored by CNMI officials.
(saipanbaby.com) website that outlines the benefits:
"You may not know, the United States is an island - Northern Mariana Islands, Chinese visitors to the purposes of visa-free, it is Saipan. Have been countless mothers across the oceans have a child in Saipan, and American identity for the children each year. Mothers who intend to go to Saipan for birth confinement Saipan, the USA sub-center looks forward to you and your baby in the United States Saipan warm home. We offer a complete, labor and postpartum services, your month of homey feeling, so that mothers can sit comfortably in Saipan. . .
. . . lets you easily into the United States give birth, and at the end of the month you can hold a U.S. passport and you and the baby return home. Life of the United States to give birth to the child an identity, let her (him) win at the starting point, this is Mom and Dad led its left baby millions of family property, might as well give him (or her) a United States citizen identity, in the future Chinese competition on stage, your baby has won at the starting point!
Kelly month sub-center is located between the mountains, around the living environment is quiet and elegant. The house is a villa-style apartment buildings, bright and spacious. Here you can enjoy the resort's family life, we are Saipan only a family-month sub-center, non-intermediary organizations. Many apply for agency expertise and handle the lack of experience caused great losses to our customers, including the charge of a large number of intermediary fees, pregnant women refused entry by customs, visas adverse records, accommodation and the description does not match. Many companies are now mixed fish heads, good and bad, we solemnly declare: all-inclusive of the 70,000 yuan in our children! Includes: air tickets, birth, stay two months, meals, document processing, hospital escort, meal delivery, Yuesao care, transportation, translation, and all costs! Let your baby successfully get a U.S. passport! ! Also lay a solid foundation for your future family moved to the United States! !
Became a U.S. citizen. Benefits: Your child will immediately have U.S. citizenship, the enjoyment of civil rights; 21 years of age, parents and siblings can apply for dependents, with a permanent green card. No need to wait for the quota, future immigration conditions.
U.S. citizen children attending U.S. public elementary school to high school, and completely free tuition. The university can enjoy a tuition discount of U.S. citizens, and student loans. U.S. citizens attending public universities, the Institute of tuition as long as a fraction of the foreign students, preferential access to the well-known universities. U.S. citizens enjoy generous scholarship of the university, but also enjoy very low interest rate student loans. U.S. citizens can serve as priority the U.S. government, government agencies and large U.S. companies important leadership positions.
U.S. citizens to enjoy more than 180 diplomatic allies worldwide visa-free entry, the most favorable entry and exit convenient seven U.S. citizens enjoy generous social welfare and advanced medical equipment. . . Kelly month sub-center is you and your child's best friend in Saipan, full service only 70,000 yuan, including: air tickets, birth, stay two months, meals, document processing, hospitals escort, meal delivery, Yuesao care, transportation, translation, and all costs! Record the lowest price, so you get the most satisfying benefits with the lowest cost! Domestic contract booking and pay a small deposit, most of the costs paid to enter the island, more at ease, more at ease! Kelly month of center I wish every mother's dream come true!The services offered by the baby tourism sites include "clearance training" for getting past immigration officials. (Why would they have to get past immigration?) The site states (roughly translated from Chinese):
We will provide you with a Kelly pass secrets (fine, containing eight chapters eight method) and carefully prepared. Prior to departure, you are requested video with us, we need to see pregnant women at the border of clothing, wearing, and pregnant women, strict immigration and customs training, pass the training time for about two hours. International roaming for your phone, to the island contact. Do not bring any clothes for the baby and delivery or supplies and to ensure that the luggage.The site also tells how the mother will be helped at the hospital and to get U.S. documents for the newborn:
The center will create a profile in a private hospital for check and check-ups include: blood tests, routine examination, B-ultrasound, fetal heart rate monitoring, and other private doctor delivered or surgeon. . .delivery in large hospital. Throughout the delivery process, the sub-center female interpreter will accompany the client. A Yuesao (nanny) will be provided in the hospital to take care of the newborn, the center staff will deliver meals for mothers when discharged through the discharge formalities and apply for baby of the birth certificate.The question and answer section of the website also has some interesting questions and responses.
After the birth certificate is issued the center staff goes to the Capitol Hill passport office to apply for baby passport (Urgent, 1-3 weeks desirable), and for baby SS card (take cards) and baby within a month travel permit (a month).
I wonder what impact, if any, this revelation will have on the Department of Homeland Security's generous policy of issuing Russian and Chinese visa waivers to Saipan.
Governor Fitial and AG Buckingham are off to Washington, DC again on the latest junket. Undoubtedly their agenda will include meeting with their highly paid attorneys and consultants to push the lawsuit that they filed against the U.S. Government over Social Security being applied to the foreign workers.
High on their agenda will also most likely be meetings with DHS, Fitial's Republican allies and others to convince them to follow the points in the other lawsuit against DHS and USCIS that Buckingham threatened to file in January. Buckingham announced that DHS and USCIS were meeting their demands after several conference calls so the lawsuit has been called off. It appears that the Fitial Administration wants to "work with" ICE and USCIS to review any lists of "overstayers" so that they can ensure deportation of any person that they want to leave. For instance those who have had wages stolen by political allies and the like.