How to Have an American Child

BY DEWANG
Apr 06, 2011

Some wealthy Chinese are choosing to give birth in the U.S., so that their babies are born American.

Let’s consider China though. Opportunities in China are growing by leaps and bounds. It may very well be in 22 years’ time-frame, a Chinese national having graduated from a not so well-known Chinese college will have a much easier time finding a job than another who attends a similar college in the U.S. and finding a job there.

Given the fact that China does not recognize dual citizenship, and assuming such child unable to gain Chinese citizenship, aren’t the parents taking a big risk? Do the parents fully understand the ramifications locally on a day-to-day basis?

The U.S. passport does offer a great deal of convenience in travelling abroad. Given China’s economic growth, it is likely China will make similar visa-free arrangements with more countries in the future. The child cannot travel without the parents, so the whole family is still constrained by the relative inconvenience of the Chinese passports.

With social security virtually bankrupt and the country in heavy debt, would the parents still consider sending their child to the U.S.

With social security virtually bankrupt and the country in heavy debt, would the parents still consider sending their child to the U.S. to help shoulder the financial burdens? There is indeed a mighty U.S. military, and the U.S. does look after her citizens around the world. But how often does one need Uncle Sam that way?

Given all these uncertainties, that $20,000+ could be put to better use. Exploiting the 14th Amendment loop-hole in my opinion does not fully add up. It is not very honourable either.

 

This post was originally published on Hidden Harmonies in March 2011.