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Birth tourism in Northern Mariana Islands targeted by Republican lawmakers

An Obama-era policy has turned a U.S. territory in the Pacific into a hot spot for “birth tourism,” as Chinese women flock to the islands to deliver babies who automatically become American citizens — and two Republican congressmen this week asked the Homeland Security Department to shut down the pipeline.

Under the 2009 policy, Chinese can visit the commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands without a visa. That means they don’t have to go through a State Department screening over their reasons, which they would have to do if they want to visit one of the 50 states.

But because

Israel to set up ‘tourism islands’ in desert where hotels and attractions can reopen

Israel is setting up so-called tourism islands in the desert resort town of Eilat, where hotels and some attractions will reopen and visitors will be required to take regular Covid-19 tests.

The plans were approved by the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, on Wednesday and are part of the government’s efforts to slowly and carefully scale back a second nationwide lockdown imposed in September. 

Under the proposals, holiday makers must pass a coronavirus test 72 hours before arriving and must then take subsequent tests each week. 

The measures will only apply to the remote town of Eilat and the Dead Sea