Feds Raid California “Illegal Maternity Hotels”

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Homeland Security agents swept through The Carlyle, in Irvine, California, after they got intel of something pretty unbelievable.

You see… it was discovered that Chinese women were paying upwards of $60,000 to be brought to the United States solely to give birth on our soil.

These “Maternity Hotels” are created specifically for this; so foreign-born women can come here, give birth, and have a way to stay in the country because then by default their children are citizens of The United States.

“I am doing this for the education of the next generation,” one of the women told NBC News.

So somewhere out there are some OTHER people collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars, tax-free I might add, to help these women get here, obtain visas, and wait out the rest of their pregnancy.

Now here’s where you may get a little p*ssed off — none of the women busted during the raid were arrested. Instead, they’re being treated as material witnesses. Investigators hope to use them to crack down on the operations which make this possible.

“It’s not necessarily illegal to come here to have the baby, but if you lie about your reasons for coming here, that’s visa fraud,” said Special Agent Claude Arnold. — but shouldn’t it be? I mean… it’s a pattern of deception.

And it should come as no surprise to you, dear readers, that this all took place in the “Sanctuary State” of California though if it’s happening there you can bet your bottom dollar it’s spread throughout The United States.

In all, 20 locations were raided between Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties AND The “organizers” have not even been charged, they’re just being questioned.

Chao Chen and Dong Li used a website for their business spouting all the wonderful benefits of having a U.S. Citizen child born here:  13 years of free education, low-cost college financial aid, less pollution, and a path for the entire family to emigrate when the child becomes an adult.

According to NBC News:

Clients were counseled on what lies to tell to obtain a tourist visa; how to fly through Hawaii, Las Vegas or Korea to avoid suspicious immigration officers at Los Angeles International Airport; and how to disguise their pregnancy in transit, according to search warrant affidavit unsealed Tuesday.

The women were then set up at the Carlyle, which charges about $3,000 a month for a two-bedroom apartment and features amenities including private balconies, a resort-style pool, and cabanas with flat-screen televisions.

This is just the beginning, you guys. This rabbit hole RAN DEEP!

The women’s handlers provided transportation for doctor visits and trips to restaurants and shops, the court papers say. An agent tailing one of the suspects followed them to Target and Babies R Us.

They were funneled to several Orange County hospitals to deliver, but they didn’t pay full price — approximately $25,000 — for medical services, officials said. Instead, they got reduced rates for the indigent, ranging from nothing to $4,000, the court papers say.

Which is HUGE! Some 400 babies have been linked to this scheme and that’s a HUGE LOSS in revenue for the hospitals.

(H/T NBC News)