From the Korea Times:
Every year, thousands of pregnant Korean women arrive in the U.S. with a big, round belly and leave with a flat stomach, carrying in their arms a newborn baby with American citizenship.
Labeled “birth tourists,” these moms consider the costly trips a privilege and money well spent. But for a growing number of Americans, they are ill-intended visits that take advantage of loopholes in the U.S. immigration system.
And now, with millions of foreign birth tourists coming from everywhere from Turkey to Taiwan with the same purpose, conservative lawmakers in the U.S. are pushing legislation that would stop automatically granting citizenship to every baby born on U.S. soil, as stated in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
If this legislation is successful, it raises the question of how citizenship would be established. Many U.S. born residents use their birth certificates as proof of citizenship. But others have never obtained this document, and doing so is a hardship. Additionally, birth certificates are sometimes questioned for certain folks.
As it is, I already know of minor children with their own proof of U.S. citizenship who were required to provide proof of citizenship for their parents when applying for a passport. Yeah, not supposed to work that way. But it does.