Agents target industry helping Chinese women have US babies

Mar 3, 2015 1:54 PM by News Staff

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) - Federal agents are searching more than a dozen homes in a crackdown on an industry that helps pregnant Chinese women travel to the U.S. to give birth to American babies.

The crackdown on three alleged maternity tourism rings may be the biggest yet by federal homeland security agents. They say women can travel to the United States while pregnant but they can't lie about the purpose of their trip when seeking a visa.

Investigators say an organization in Orange County coached women to lie when seeking tourist visas and promised them Social Security numbers and U.S. passports for their babies before returning to China.

No arrests were made or charges filed. Authorities say they are seeking evidence of suspected crimes, including visa and tax fraud.

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