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Chinese national admits running lucrative 'birth tourism' business in California


The woman has earned herself a trip to federal prison

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A Chinese national living in California pleaded guilty to federal charges on Tuesday, and admitted running a lucrative "birth tourism" enterprise helping wealthy pregnant Chinese women have their babies in the U.S. to take advantage of birthright citizenship.

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Dongyuan Li, 41, ran a business called You Win USA Vacation Services Corp., assisting clients from her home country in falsifying tourist documentation. According to court documents, Li's operation allegedly advertised that the U.S. was the "most attractive nationality," offering "years of free education, less pollution, retirement benefits and an easier way for an entire family to immigrate with an American-born child," the Los Angeles Times reported.

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