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Russian mothers taking over Miami

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Miami, Florida is known for many things: the beaches, the weather, the wildlife, but recently it has become known for a tourist destination for pregnant Russians. Over the years, numerous Russian women have traveled to Miam, according to The Week,  to give birth for two reasons: birthright citizenship and the status that comes with having a Miami-born baby.

Russian women have come to America to have their children in hopes of giving them a better life, including American citizenship. They also come here for better medical care, good living conditions and the education. But most importantly if the child is born in the US, they have the lifelong right to live and work. When they turn 21, they can sponsor their parents for a green card application.

Olesia Reshetova, one of the immigrant mothers who came to Miami to have her first child, hired an agency to help arrange her trip. This agency provides apartments, doctors, lawyers and visas. But this does not come cheap. She predicted that the cost would be $50,000. “American passport is big plus for the baby. Why not?” says Reshetova.

One of the agencies helping women into the US is Miami Mama; they bring about 100 Russian clients to the United States per year. According to NBC News, in June, Miami Mama was raided by the FBI, who later convicted an employee of making false statements on passport applications. The owners of the agency say they knew nothing, fired the worker and had their business license renewed.

President Trump is working to get rid of “chain migration,” saying that “there has to be an end of birthright citizenship.” Ironically, most of these Russian immigrants are living in Trump’s condo buildings in Miami, especially in Sunny Isles Beach, which has been nicknamed “Little Russia”.

There has been no official report on how many foreign women come to America to give birth, but Florida officials have revealed that the number of births has spiked 200 percent since 2000.

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Russian mothers taking over Miami