But the rule, he said, could mean that pregnant women "seeking a visa for lifesaving treatment they can't get in their home countries could be barred from entering". The also can not require an applicant to provide evidence that they are not pregnant. "But my fear is that by giving them one more tool in their arsenal to vet prospective applicants, it will be that much more hard for a female applicant to obtain lawful entry into the United States just because she's female".
The officials who spoke to the AP about this claim that consular authorities making these decisions will not proactively be asking women if they are pregnant or have reason to believe they may be pregnant, but will only get into these questions if they have reason to believe a woman is pregnant.
Also, this rule won't apply to the 39 countries enrolled in the Visa Waiver program.
The visas covered by the new rule are issued to those seeking to visit for pleasure, medical treatment or to see friends and family, a report by The New York Times, said.
White House spokesman, Hogan Gidley, said: "The travel ban has been profoundly successful in protecting our country and raising the security baseline around the world". "The integrity of American citizenship must be protected".
CIS, in a report last month, calculated that about 33,000 women on short-term business or tourism passes, known as B visas, give birth in the USA each year.
The draft guidance to be issued for consular officers reads: "Any B nonimmigrant visa applicant who you have reason to believe will give birth during her stay in the United States is presumed to be traveling for the primary objective of obtaining U.S. citizenship for the child". The State Department said estimating the number of children born to mothers on tourist visas "is challenging", but that embassies and consulates have "documented trends" showing that birth tourism is on the rise.
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With Trump's new law, applicants who are coming to the United States to give birth will be treated like others seeking medical care.
The Trump administration also has turned away pregnant women coming over the U.S. -Mexico border as part of a broader immigration crackdown. He has railed against the practice and threatened to end it, but scholars and members of his administration have said it's not so easy to do.
Companies charge up to $80,000 to set up visa, travel, hotel and medical care for pregnant women.
Nigeria is number three on birth tourism list in the United States after Russian Federation and China. But scrapping that right would require a change in the U.S. Constitution.
His administration's new visa rule is a way to deal with the issue. They would not be subject to the new rule. Federal officials have said that birthright citizenship is one of the biggest factors behind illegal immigration. "Not a single person has changed their mind to fly to the US because Trump plans to stop (birthright) citizenship".
The State Department official on Thursday said that foreign governments might seek to exploit birth tourism, but the official declined to cite examples in which foreign governments have benefited from the practice. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, which pushes for stricter immigration laws, about 33,000 foreigners on visas give birth in the United States each year.
The president's press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement that "the birth tourism industry threatens to overburden valuable hospital resources and is rife with criminal activity".
The State Department says "an entire "birth tourism" industry" has developed to help pregnant women giving birth in the U.S.