It’s not as though we needed another support for the idea that Donald Trump is a man of all talk and no action, but here’s something else anyway.
Obviously we all know how much of an “immigration hardliner” he supposedly is. In reality, the president’s stance has little to do with a commitment to law and order and much more to do with his personal biases.
A new article in the Daily Beast details efforts by an estimated hundreds of pairs of Russian parents each year to get their newborn children dual citizenship as a consequence of being born in the United States. These people come to the United States for the express purpose of having their child here — and guess where many of them stay? Many of the Russian parents who participate in this “birth tourism” stay at Trump-branded properties.
Notably, the opportunity for American citizenship isn’t only available to the child born in the U.S. Once that child is 21, they can apply for “family reunification,” which, if approved, would grant citizenship to the rest of their family.
Just last week, the president made it official that he is considering ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, otherwise known as DACA. DACA allows for undocumented immigrants brought here as children to be free from deportation, but while the president has taken a hard line stance on this issue, this newly exposed “birth tourism” has been going on at his properties.
The companies that facilitate these Russians’ travel to Trump properties reportedly do so largely openly, simply admonishing program participants to not lie on their travel paperwork in order to stay on the right side of the law.
To be sure, the companies responsible for facilitating “birth tourism” are the ones who reap profits from subleases of condos that they own. The Trump Organization does not directly benefit from the rentals — however, the president’s company does, according to the Daily Beast, “benefit from Russian patronage of the nearby Trump International Beach Resort.”
Not all those who participate in birth tourism by coming to South Florida stay in Trump properties as a part of their travels. With travel packages at Trump properties costing upwards of $75,000, a $20,000 three month stay in the Russian-filled suburbs of Miami saves some families lots of money. One of the most strikingly expensive packages uncovered by the Daily Beast’s investigations “costs $84,700 for a Trump Tower II apartment with a gold-tiled bathtub and chauffeured Cadillac Escalade or Mercedes Benz.”
Notably, at least one Miami employee of a “birth tourism” company is currently facing charges for falsifying documents, allegedly claiming to have seen two parents sign necessary paperwork when he “could not have done so.”
Unsurprisingly the Trump Organization declined requests for comment.
These revelations come out amidst a massive, ongoing investigation into the Trump team’s ties to Moscow, including those that may be funneled through the president’s Florida properties. Special Counsel for the Russia investigation Robert Mueller is looking into an array of real estate transactions, including some between the Trump Organization and Russians, to see if they conceal illegal activities.
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