Taiwanese man charged in birthing scheme

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HONOLULU (AP) – A Taiwanese man has been charged in a scheme to hide pregnant Chinese tourists so they can give birth in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

A federal complaint filed Monday charges Kuanyi Chen with harboring illegal aliens and enticing the entry of illegal aliens. According to the complaint, Chen arranged for pregnant women to travel from China to Saipan so they could give birth on American soil and have U.S. citizenship granted to their children.

A parole program allows Chinese nationals to enter the U.S. territory for 45 days.

The husband of one of the women told agents Chen charged an $800 consulting fee that included instructions to travel during the fourth or fifth month of pregnancy to avoid detection by an immigration officer.

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