Feds Make First-Ever Bust Of Int'l 'Birth Tourism' Ring

Law360 (January 31, 2019, 11:37 PM EST) -- Law enforcement authorities on Thursday announced the arrest of three suspects and charges in California federal court against more than a dozen others in what they called the first-ever federal case against a "birth tourism" ring.

Prosecutors allege the 19 people charged this week engaged in conspiracies to commit immigration fraud, money laundering and other offenses by charging mostly Chinese women thousands of dollars to arrange for them to have their babies born in the U.S. so they could have birthright citizenship.

Among those charged was Wen Rui Deng, the alleged operator of Star Baby Care, which prosecutors said in a...

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