United States President, Donald Trump, is making moves to block pregnant women from obtaining US tourist visas.
A draft rule obtained by BuzzFeed News reveals that the move is to stop, “birth tourism”.
It reads: “Under this rule, if a consular officer has reason to believe a B nonimmigrant visa applicant will give birth in the United States, the applicant is presumed to be seeking a visa for the primary purpose of obtaining US citizenship for the child.
“To rebut this presumption, the visa applicant must establish, to the satisfaction of a consular officer, a legitimate primary purpose other than obtaining US citizenship for a child by giving birth in the United States.”
The draft guidance to be issued for consular officers reads: “Any B nonimmigrant visa applicant who you have reason to believe will give birth during her stay in the United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 travelling for the primary purpose of obtaining US citizenship for the child.
“The applicant can overcome this presumption if you find that the primary purpose of travel is not obtaining US citizenship for a child.”
Speaking to Buzzfeed, a State Department spokesperson said the new rule was put in place to strengthen national security.
“This change is intended to address the national security and law enforcement risks associated with birth tourism, including criminal activity associated with the birth tourism industry.
“We expect the rule will be published shortly. More details will be available when the rule is published.”
Naija News reports that Trump is also set to sign an executive order expanding visa restrictions to seven countries.
The countries include Eritrea, Belarus, Sudan, Tanzania, Krygyzstan, Nigeria and Myanmar.
It was gathered that the US president isn’t placing a full ban on these countries, as the ban is on certain types of visas such as the business or visitors visa popularly referred to as B1/B2 visa type.
Trump would announce the travel restriction next Monday, which would be the third-year anniversary of the first travel ban.