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Should local governments crack down on maternity hotels in residential neighborhoods?

L.A. Times 2013/01/28 17:00:00
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Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe will ask for stricter regulations of maternity hotels that have prompted safety concerns and a surge in neighborhood complaints, his office said Tuesday.

The supervisor will make the request at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting, seeking support to create an ordinance that would regulate the homes -- where women from Asia come to give birth in the U.S. -- and create multi-agency inspection teams, his office said in a statement. He also will ask for funding to provide inspectors with additional staff, including translators who speak Mandarin and Cantonese.

"These maternity hotels have grown beyond the scope of a zoning issue," Knabe said in a statement. "The conditions inside some of these houses are putting the lives of the mothers and babies at risk, and we must do what we can to protect them and stop this illegal activity." The announcement cited a Jan. 14 report by the county Planning Department that showed 60 complaints had been filed about maternity homes in the last month, up from just 15 over the previous five years.

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  • Gilead 2013/01/28 17:15:04
    No
    Gilead
    +23
    The federal government should repeal the 14th amendment, end the "anchor baby" loop hole, and end all benefits to anyone not here legally.

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  • Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel 2013/02/04 08:26:53 (edited)
    No
    Annie~Pro American~Pro Israel
    I mean yes! Had no idea this was going on.
  • tytyvyllus 2013/02/02 19:02:09
    Yes
    tytyvyllus
    and repeal that ridiculous 14th amendment which shouldn't even apply to anchor babies.
  • shadow76 2013/02/01 17:04:19
    Yes
    shadow76
    +1
    They should definately crack down!
  • David (oYo) 2013/02/01 09:15:23
  • jeane 2013/02/01 02:46:28
    Yes
    jeane
    +2
    Strange I just had a lib tell me that these place don't exist. He wanted to know where my proof was!!
  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2013/02/01 01:37:14
    Yes
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +2
    Close them down period.

    An industry that supports criminal behavior is ludicrous.
  • ««Gingey, the Master Debate... 2013/02/01 00:43:46
    No
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    +1
    The less government, the better off you will be
  • wolf 2013/01/31 22:41:20
    No
    wolf
    they use babies for anchors? seriously, when it comes to babies, I want them all taken care of no matter what race they are or where theyre from, I would want them inside and not on the street, BUT!!!! then sterilize the parents
  • jubil8 ... wolf 2013/02/01 01:38:00
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +1
    And send them home.
  • RJeffreySavlov 2013/01/31 21:41:19
    Yes
    RJeffreySavlov
    Time to clarify the constitutional amendment and specify that one of the parents must be an American citizen for them to qualify and make it retroactive.
  • Steven Nevets 2013/01/31 20:25:37
    Yes
    Steven Nevets
    The 14th is a pointless ammendment. It became out dated after 1970 (after all the slaves died) and was misinterpreted ever since (It actually says you must be under the jurisdiction of the US for it to apply to your children)
  • OneLastWord 2013/01/31 20:02:40 (edited)
  • jubil8 ... OneLast... 2013/02/01 01:39:18
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +1
    News flash: Not all couples are able to conceive.
  • OneLast... jubil8 ... 2013/02/01 13:31:58
    OneLastWord
    +1
    Thank you,... News Flash for you my dear, "Americans, adopt American babies".
  • shadow76 OneLast... 2013/02/01 17:07:40 (edited)
    shadow76
    +1
    Most of the babies they used to adopt have been butchered in the womb! Not to mention how hard social services makes it to adopt Americans.
  • jubil8 ... OneLast... 2013/02/01 23:57:53
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    And another for you: Americans prefer Gerber babies. Orphanages and foster systems are full of unwanted minority babies. I don't think most of these Oriental babies are being put up for adoption; I think their moms are going home with their little citizens so the kids will have easier access to the US when they're grown.

    Babies aren't the point of this article, filthy, illegal "hotels" are.

    Nice try at a red herring since my first comment to you was debunking your idiotic question.
  • TimothyBrianFoley 2013/01/31 19:50:01
    Yes
    TimothyBrianFoley
    crack down they must
  • Tasine 2013/01/31 18:48:48
    Yes
    Tasine
    I'd like to know why this isn't already being done!
  • jubil8 ... Tasine 2013/02/01 01:40:39
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    +1
    I'd like to know how it was ever allowed to start in the first place!

    I read a couple of years ago that women who could afford it were staying in suites in high-class hotels in NYC until they gave birth.
  • iamnothere 2013/01/31 16:31:40
    Yes
    iamnothere
    +1
    the supervisor is only upset because it is asians and not latinos in those ghettos
  • SW 2013/01/31 15:43:43
    No
    SW
    What do you think happens when white American people have babies? it's still a new person who's just as much a "burden" or not. Creating new government task forces... sounds very "small government"
  • Playerazzi 2013/01/31 15:16:02
    Yes
    Playerazzi
    No bout adout it.
  • Pam 2013/01/31 14:30:24
    Yes
    Pam
    +3
    I've never heard of these places before. Send them all back!
  • Cliff Pam 2013/02/01 00:33:36
    Cliff
    Actually, when oriental women come here to have babies, they generally return to their home country very soon after the baby is born. The reason they do that is so that when their kids grow up and are ready for college, they will have American citizenship and have no problem entering the US.
  • jubil8 ... Cliff 2013/02/01 01:41:51
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    Not so for Latinos...
  • Cliff jubil8 ... 2013/02/01 13:23:45
    Cliff
    Yes, dear. Everybody know that. The article was about women from Asia.
  • jubil8 ... Cliff 2013/02/02 00:00:06
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    If you think everybody knows that, you didn't read the comments here.
  • Cliff jubil8 ... 2013/02/02 00:12:47 (edited)
    Cliff
    Oh I'll generally read a few comments and if the trend is toward repetition of what's been said a zillion times already or if there is too much stupidity being spewed out, I won't read a whole lot more. A little stupidity goes a long way dear. Your utterance BYW fell into neither the repetition nor the stupid category. Yours fell into the "so painfully obvious and impertinent that only a moron would be interested" category.
  • jubil8 ... Cliff 2013/02/02 05:16:06
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    And yet you replied. Lmao.

    Get back to me when you learn what impertinent means.
  • Cliff jubil8 ... 2013/02/02 05:57:30
    Cliff
    What can I say? I took pity and tried to explain very simple things to you and now it seems I'm doing so again.

    1. Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold: impertinent of a child to lecture a grownup.
    2. Not pertinent; irrelevant.

    Do you see the second meaning, i.e.irrelevant?

    Yours fell into the "so painfully obvious and irrelevant that only a moron would be interested" category. Please try to do better.
  • Dread M... Cliff 2013/02/01 15:03:39
    Dread Mighty
    First, their not "oriental" they are "Asian". Second, Asian immigration into the US is 40%, Latino 31%. The immigration rate from Mexico is at zero. So "everybody know that" seems to be what everybody complaining about doesn't know.
  • Cliff Dread M... 2013/02/01 17:37:55
    Cliff
    So are you suggesting they are coming from Mongolia? Have you got a point? The discussion is not about Mexico.

    By the way, if you feel the need to criticize other people's typos, you might want to check your own first.
  • A Carpenter 2013/01/31 00:10:35
    Yes
    A Carpenter
    +6
    ANCHOR babies are a distortion of the 14th amendment. it was never intended to apply to foreign nationals. it was intended to protect the rights of black Americans freed from slavery from being denied constitutional rights.
  • Charles E A Carpe... 2013/02/01 15:22:55
    Charles E
    +1
    Too many people either don't know this fact, or don't care.

    A short term answer would be to put the babies in government care for adoption and deport the mothers immediately. The child can accompay the mother if she waives all citizenship or residency claims for herself and the child.

    This scam would end quickly once the word gets out that mom gets nothing nad loses her child.
  • A Carpe... Charles E 2013/02/01 16:15:37
    A Carpenter
    +1
    I can hear the libs screaming how heartless we are already.
    All the money we spend on the state and federal level could be better used helping out native citizens rather than Illegals.
  • Charles E A Carpe... 2013/02/02 02:42:23
    Charles E
    +1
    We need to explain as loudly as possible to the misinformed masses that their standard of living is lower because liberals are buyin votes from non citizens with their money.
  • A Carpe... Charles E 2013/02/02 22:14:12
    A Carpenter
    +1
    I keep trying, and i ain't run out of breath yet!
  • star 2013/01/30 22:24:15
    No
    star
    Would not bother me. People have the right to live where they want as long as they behave themselves.
  • Tasine star 2013/01/31 18:53:12
    Tasine
    +1
    Depends on your definition of "behave themselves". Any use of tax dollars, including crowding of public schools, hospitals, clinics, etc is NOT, in my view, "behaving themselves". If they are supporting themselves, contributing to public services, obeying the laws of OUR land, and not trying to turn our country into the one they left to come here, I, too could let them stay. That will never happen.
  • OneLast... Tasine 2013/01/31 20:13:19
    OneLastWord
    +1
    I like your phrase "and not trying to turn our country into the one they left to come here".

    This is the huge problem with immigration all over the world of industrialized (first world) nations,...migrants are NOW coming here for welfare and are ignorant, really have NO SKILLS to speak of and don't want to learn our language.

    It wasn't that way when we were building a nation, but personal values have changed (degraded) all over the world.
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