According to NBC News, Trump and his branded Miami properties are suddenly experiencing a boom in tourism. Apparently, Russian women love to drop anywhere between $50,000 to $100,000 on tourist packages, travel to Miami, and have a baby.
“It’s really common,” said Ekaterina Kuznetsova, 29. “When I was taking the plane to come here, it was not only me. It was four or five women flying here.”
Ekaterina was one of dozens of Russian birth tourists NBC News spoke to over the past four months about a round-trip journey that costs tens of thousands of dollars and takes them away from home for weeks or months.
Yes, and it has become so common it is now considered a great Russian status symbol for those who make the trip. I mean, sure…what Russian woman wouldn’t want to seek out a comfortable place close to the beach in order to relax, regroup and recover with their offspring?
Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with birth tourism, especially considering it is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment. Other countries are utilizing it in other areas of the country as well, because it certainly has its perks (i.e. dual citizenship for the children, free travel between the USA and the “home” country, and sponsorship of the parents’ application for a green card, etc.).
However, considering the scrutiny of the Trump-Russia scandal, the irony of a sudden Russian boom in travel to Miami is a bit thick, don’t you think?
NBC News points out: As president, Donald Trump has indicated he is opposed to so-called chain migration, which gives U.S. citizens the right to sponsor relatives, because of recent terror attacks. And as a candidate, he called for an end to birthright citizenship, declaring it in one of his first policy papers the “biggest magnet for illegal immigration.”
“You have to get rid of it,” he said on “Meet the Press” on NBC. “They’re having a baby and all of a sudden — nobody knows — the baby is here. You have no choice.”
The Daily Beast first reported, condo buildings that bear the Trump name are the most popular for the out-of-town obstetric patients, although the units are subleased from the individual owners and it’s not clear if building management is aware.
Perhaps it wouldn’t seem this way if Trump hadn’t made such a big deal about immigration. I suppose in his eyes, the Russians and their newborns just aren’t the same as those pesky South-of-the-Border folks that keep managing their way into this country “murdering” everyone, right?