The discovery of at least two alleged "maternity hotels" in Chino Hills is motivating the area's assemblyman to craft a bill creating new penalties for those who he believes are exploiting a loophole in immigration laws.

The state Legislature does not have power over immigration, but Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills, wants to find a way within the state's powers to attack the issue.

Hagman wants to create new punishments for anyone who breaks state or local law while running maternity hotels, which are semi-underground facilities for women who travel to the United States specifically to obtain American citizenship for their newborns.

By Andrew Edwards and Canan Tasci in Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

Birthright Citizenship

Updated: Mon, Dec 10th 2012 @ 2:51pm EST