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Judge’s sentence of a Chinese national to help pregnant women travel to the U.S. to give birth so that their children could become U.s. citizens. from William La Jeunesse reports from Los Angeles, california.
A Chinese woman who operated a Southern California company that helped pregnant women in China, the immigration officers, so that they would be able to travel to the United States to give birth was sentenced to 10 months in prison on Monday for its wide-ranging,”the birth of the tourism system.
Federal prosecutors said Dongyuan Li, deserved a longer sentence for helping the women to lie on their visa applications and / or hide their pregnancies from the immigration officials.
“I think it’s just a wrong message,” attorney Charles Pell, told U.s. District Judge James Selna in Santa Ana, Calif., courtroom.
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Federal agents with the introduction of a luxury apartment complex, where investigators said the birth of the tourism business, in charge of pregnant women, $50,000 for lodging, food, and transportation, in Irvine, Calif., at the end of 2015. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
Selna said he expects to see that the woman was freed on Monday, is due to the time it is served. She had faced up to 15 years in prison.
The researchers said they operated an Orange County-based “Win for the u.s.,” which has helped more than 500 women in China to travel to the U.S. to deliver a baby in an attempt to secure automatic citizenship for their children.
Some of the women, told the U.S. consulate officials in China, they are meant to be in the US for two weeks, but in reality, it was planned to stay for a couple of months. They found accommodation in one of the upscale apartments in Irvine and for the birth, and traveling back to China with their newborn babies.
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Li, a mother of four children, was a customer who later became involved in the business. They are admitted in the September before the execution of the “birth” of the tourism policy, as of January 2013 up to March 2015. They are paid from $40,000 to $80,000 for each of the customers, prosecutors said.
The company touted the advantages of giving birth in the us-born children, including the mention of a free public education, and with the help of their parents to immigrate to the united states. many years later on.
In a Dec. 1 in a letter to the court, Li also apologized for her part in the scheme, and said that she had taken English lessons, music lessons, and books to read while in the federal government’s authority over the child.
“I’m very, very sorry for the mistakes I’ve made,” she wrote. “I am genuinely sorry for any harm I have inflicted on American society.”
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Her attorney, Thomas O’brien, said Monday that the sentence was fair and said that having a documented, and only seven cases in which passengers involved in the date of birth of the tourism industry.
Li had a valid visa, according to Dan Showalter, a supervisory special agent for Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) homeland security investigations in Los Angeles, california. However, the immigration officials will have to begin deportation proceedings against Li, said after the sentencing.
Fox News’ Talia Kaplan, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.