A woman seeking to have a child in a more developed country is the typical scenario for birth tourism. However, an Australian “influencer” has flipped the script and ignited a worldwide discussion about the practice.
Shannen Michaela has documented her decision to have her baby in Costa Rica in her online posts for the last several months. She believes her child would be safe under the country’s birthright citizenship laws, providing her status there.
According to Michaela, people in wealthy Western countries are seeking an out as their economy stagnates and political repression increases. She thought giving birth in a foreign nation was a great idea.
In a social media post, she suggested you can travel wherever you choose when you have a second passport. If someone attempts to limit your freedom of movement, you are protected. Possessing several passports opens up opportunities for you and your family.
When she was six months pregnant, she went to Costa Rica because it was innovative about bitcoin.
A deluge of criticism was directed at her with accusations of displaying undue “privilege.” Someone else criticized her for her moral and social corruption.
Michaela waved off the insults and explained that many American women choose to give birth in Central and South America due to the significant cost savings.
A report shows countries that recognize birthright citizenship, the idea that an infant automatically becomes a citizen of their place of birth can use children as a route of immigration.
Thirty-four nations provide birthright citizenship. Some countries confer citizenship to babies depending on their parents’ legal status—many ban geographic birthright citizenship. The US has the most birthright citizens.
The Center for Immigration Studies’ research director, Steven A. Camarota, said birthright citizenship is used for many reasons, but American citizenship, the most precious thing in the world, is trivialized. Things get less meaningful when trivialized.
Former President Trump often vowed to limit birthright citizenship for illegal immigrants, but he never delivered.
He reiterated his promise while running for president again. He threatened to pursue unlawful immigrant births and birth tourism. In his new term, he would issue an Executive Order terminating automatic citizenship for children of illegal immigrants as part of his Secure the Border strategy.