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LAPD Takes Aim at Wave of Asian ‘Maternity Tourists’

A string of so-called “maternity hotels,” where Asian women come to give birth to babies who will automatically acquire a US passport — has recently drawn the attention of authorities.

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“Often the defendants who orchestrate such schemes face violations beyond just visa fraud,” including possible conspiracy, money laundering, and making false statements, she added.

As for those who rent lodgings, they are often in purely residential neighborhoods where commercial activity is illegal. Such services could face prosecution for tax evasion, said Garcia.

But inspectors then face the task of proving that they really are renting out rooms — difficult if they are not allowed in, if they say they can’t speak English, or agree among each other to say they are family member or friends.

In those cases no action can be taken, he said.

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