In a joint-statement with the Department of State, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that they were changing regulations that redefine the term "mother" to include women who are contracted to carry other women's embryos to birth.
The statement reads, "Under this new policy, a mother who meets this definition but does not have a genetic relationship with her child (for example, she became pregnant through an egg donor) will … be able to transmit U.S. citizenship to her child, if she is a U.S. citizen and all other pertinent citizenship requirements are met."
This change means that children born to U.S. citizens will be granted U.S. citizenship, regardless of the citizenship of the donors of the embryo. According to the Daily Caller, this will allow "the assisted reproductive industry sell U.S. citizenship — and access to the U.S. welfare system — to foreign parents who never even set foot in the United States."
The Daily Caller piece went on to describe the benefits for the child, "it makes him or her a U.S citizen, even if they never breathe American air, or live among Americans, know English or even share any American culture norms or ideas with their natural-born American citizens."
It also described the benefits for the biological parents, "they too can get citizenship once their child becomes an adult. That citizenship allows them — and their other children — to move to the United States in time for them to access Obamacare or Medicare benefits as they get older."
Updated: Tue, Nov 11th 2014 @ 4:55pm EST