‘Anchor Babies’ Exist In Brazil, But Not In The U.S.

Latin Times, 8/26/2015

In São Paulo, Brazil, immigrant mothers — mainly from China — give birth in local hospitals. Chinese immigrants currently make up one third of the expectant mothers being treated in prenatal wards in public hospitals, according to Folha. They often don’t speak Portuguese and rely on translators, which they hire. In the U.S., this might be denounced as an immigration “crisis” or a “flood.” In Brazil, it doesn’t appear to be a big deal.

“Just as many Brazilians try to have children abroad, the same thing happens with foreigners here. It’s common,” Dr. Clóvis Silveira Júnior, who coordinates city health centers, told Folha.

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