"Congratulations! Arriving in the U.S. means you've already given
your child a surefire ticket for winning the race," the site says in
Chinese. "We guarantee that each baby can obtain a U.S. passport and
That passport is just the beginning of a journey that will lead some
of the children back to the United States to take advantage of free
public schools and low-interest student loans, as the website notes. The
whole family may eventually get in on the act, since parents may be
able to piggyback on the child's citizenship and apply for a green card
when the child turns 21.
USA Baby Care is one of
scores, possibly hundreds, of companies operating so-called maternity
hotels tucked away in residential neighborhoods in the San Gabriel
Valley, Orange County and other Southern California suburbs. Pregnant
women from Chinese-speaking countries pay as much as $20,000 to stay in
the facilities during the final months of pregnancy, then spend an
additional month recuperating and awaiting the new baby's U.S. passport.