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Walnut Shutters Home for Foreign Mothers-to-Be

The maternity home, discovered following a tip from a resident, was located near Meadow Pass and Pierre roads.

Walnut recently shuttered a home city staff confirmed was a “maternity hotel” for mothers-to-be from outside the United States.

Community Development Director Tom Weiner said that the process to shut down the operation took about 60 days.  City staff returned to the residence near Meadow Pass and Pierre roads last week to make sure they had ceased operation, he added.

Walnut received a tip from a resident who noticed increased foot traffic at the home.

“Our investigation found it was used for one of these homes similar to Chino Hills,” Weiner said.  “We were aggressive in taking care of the problem and successful at having them cease operation.”

Earlier this month, Chino Hills officials discovered at least two of these homes and are working to get them shut down, reported the Daily Bulletin.

That effort has prompted Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills, to craft legislation that would establish new penalties for those who exploit a loophole in immigration laws or violate state and local laws while operating maternity hotels, the newspaper reported. 

Birth tourism is a growing trend. Mothers come from foreign countries, often from China in the San Gabriel Valley area, to give birth in these makeshift hotels so that their children can be born U.S. citizens.

"There are certain provisions under California law that for certain criminal acts - primarily for larger drug operations use - that allow law enforcement to seize real property," Hagman told the newspaper. "I don't know if we can do this ... and I don't like government taking property, but that's the extreme measure."

Weiner said signs that a property owner might be running one of these operations include trashcans with a lot of diapers, frequent linen service at the home, and people walking around the grounds in hospital attire.  Refrigerators and cribs in each room also are giveaways.

The Walnut home was owned by a limited liability company, similar to those in Chino Hills.  The city notified the company that the type of use for the home was not allowed, he said.

Weiner said he has spoken to Chino Hills officials about the issue.

“San Gabriel Valley cities and municipalities have to work together so we can educate owners of large properties like this,” he said of thwarting these homes from opening up.

 

Wayne Breitkreutz December 14, 2012 at 08:03 PM
birth tourism may be costing our government more than just seizing property can recoup. thanks to tom weiner and staff for stopping this in walnut. if the law allows it seize that property.
Robert Corona December 14, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Pretty sneaky....doubt the mothers go back after giving birth.. Easy to just blend in in the SGV. Hear say its super common in NY.
Cynthia December 15, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Yay, Walnut and vigilant neighbors!
school mom December 31, 2012 at 05:33 PM
I also work for a City that deals with this GARBAGE! These corporations rake in ten's of thousands of dollars from their own people to serve them only for a few months, and turn them loose into the City. The cycle then starts over and over again. Unfortunately these people additionally end up renting from yet more illegally converted garages or homes turned into make shift hotels. It just doesn't end! The illegal immigrant population isn't about coming from Mexico anymore! There are advertisements all over the internet and in the Chinese newspapers. The City needs to have a taskforce just to review these sources just to keep one step ahead of them. This is no different than the illegal unscrupulous "Massage" business' that are anything but "Massage!" The Government need to step in to put a "Stop" to ALL of it. Lastly, it ultimately comes down to "Illegal" immigration, and made up "Corporations" making tons of money at the expense of their own people. I know I have sat next to some of these people involved in these corporations in church. Just makes me SICK!
Gina January 29, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Thank you City of Walnut for getting this Maternity Hotel shut down. This is happening all over the Country and we need to put a stop to it! Call your local agencies and get involved. Log on to Notinchinohills.org and sign up, so you can be informed of the progress we are making in getting these types of businesses shut down and out of our Country. It's not about the Chinese, it's about anyone trying to enter into the US illegally...many before them have come and we have welcomed them because they took the proper steps to become American citizens and contribute to our Country. Notinchinohills.org for more information and to keep informed!
Jose Velasco April 18, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Maternity hotel? They can go to any hospital and give birth there! Illegals do it all the time otherwise we would be hearing about this more. What about birth certificates and Ss cards? I believe these are home births where the mother gives birth in a tub or by more natural means. This story has more holes than Swiss cheese.

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