- The United States of America discloses that it will stop issuing visas to foreigners who want to give birth in the country
- The Donald Trump administration says the new visa rules are aimed at restricting women from travelling to the United States to give birth so their children can have a coveted US passport
- The US state department explains that in enforcing the new rule, applicants will be denied tourist visas if they are determined by consular officers to be coming to the US primarily to give birth
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The United States of America has said it will no longer issue visas to foreigners who want to give birth in the country.
Aljazeera reports that the administration of Donald Trump on Thursday, January, 23, disclosed that the new visa rules are aimed at restricting women from travelling to the United States to give birth so their children can have a coveted US passport.
The US state department explained that in enforcing the new rules, applicants will be denied tourist visas if they are determined by consular officers to be coming to the US primarily to give birth.
It said pregnant persons with medical needs will be treated like other foreigners coming to the US for medical treatment but must prove that they have the money to pay for it - including transportation and living expenses.
The US government stated that the new rules will take effect on Friday, January 24.
While Trump has been clamping down on immigration, he has not been able to do much about birthright citizenship.
Meanwhile, the reported plan by the United States government to slam a travel ban on Nigeria and some other countries is still speculative and does not require a reaction yet, the presidency has said.
Garba Shehu, spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, noted that though the Nigerian authorities are aware of the report that Nigeria is listed among the country to face such sanction, it would not say anything until it becomes formal.
Apart from Nigeria, other countries listed are Belarus, Myanmar, Sudan, Eritrea, Tanzania and Kyrgyzstan.
Daily Sun quoted Shehu as saying the presidency read about the plan by Donald Trump's government.
The report had stated that the countries wouldn’t necessarily face blanket bans on travel to the U.S., but could have restrictions placed on specific types of visas, such as business or visitor visas.
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