PolitiFact Florida: Marco Rubio says rich foreigners give birth in Miami and don't pay hospital bill
Marco Rubio brought up a new wrinkle in the country’s immigration debate that hits especially hard, he argues, in Miami.
"I see people that fly in on their private jets into Miami, Fla., have a child because they are eight and a half months pregnant when they get here," Rubio said at a town hall in Iowa on Jan. 24. "They are wealthy. They fly back home on the private jet. Their kid is now a U.S. citizen, and they don’t pay the hospital bill."
It sounds like insult to injury for taxpayers -- the babies get citizenship, residents get the unpaid tax burden. But is this really even happening in South Florida, like he says?
Yes, and no. The evidence is too murky for us to draw a firm conclusion, so we decided not to rate his statement on our Truth-O-Meter.
Births by foreign women are on the rise in Florida, and some Miami doctors openly welcome birth tourists. But it’s not at all clear these women are then stiffing hospitals, at least two of which require proof of payment upfront.