Feds fight 'maternity tourism' with raids

Published 8:09 PM ET, Tue March 3, 2015
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Federal agents enter an upscale apartment complex on Tuesday, March 3, in Irvine, California. More than three dozen "maternity hotels" were raided in Southern California, where foreign women give birth, allegedly for the sole purpose of having a U.S.-citizen baby, authorities said. Jae C. Hong/AP
Federal agents walk by an upscale apartment complex, where authorities say a birth tourism business charged pregnant women $50,000 for lodging, food and transportation. Jae C. Hong/AP
A resident holds her dog while talking to reporters at an apartment complex. Authorities are looking for evidence of bringing in and harboring of undocumented visitors; conspiracy, fraud and misuse of visas and permits; tax evasion and false tax returns; and willful failure to file report of foreign bank and financial accounts, court papers said. Jae C. Hong/AP
A federal agent looks through a disposable diaper box while serving warrants at an apartment complex during an ongoing investigation of alleged birth tourism centers. Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images