Florida Attracts More Russians Wanting to Give Birth to Americans
Would you be willing to visit the US only for the sake of giving birth to an American? For pregnant Russian women, this appears to be the case.
The so-called birth tourists from Russia particularly prefer Miami, where they form part of around 15 million visitors each year.
Most tourists head to Miami for its sunny beaches, while others hire deep sea fishing boats in Destin, FL, for a weekend of angling experience. Birth tourists from Russian, however, see the city as a way of giving their child a brighter future.
Some of them cited the quality of education and healthcare services as other reasons for flying to the US. Russian women are not the only ones involved in this practice. In Southern California, pregnant Chinese women have flown there for the same reason.
As long as birth tourists are honest with their immigration and insurance documents, the practice has been legal in the country. While this is the case, lawmakers in Florida have moved forward with a separate bill that involves tourist-development taxes.
House members in Florida want to use local tourist-development taxes for road, water and sewer projects among other basic infrastructure projects. However, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA) and the Central Florida Hotel & Lodging Association opposed the proposal.
The groups believe that the taxes from tourism-related development projects should instead go to marketing and advertising campaigns. If still necessary, there should be a limit on the amount used for infrastructure projects, according to FRLA’s Richard Turner.
Pregnant tourists take extra precautions when they travel by plane, so Russian birth tourists in Florida are staking a lot on their endeavor to be the mothers of American children. On the other hand, do you think the state should not use tourist-development taxes for basic infrastructure?