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City says it's closing 'maternity hotel' for Chinese women

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CHINO HILLS, Calif. - City officials in the Southern California suburb of Chino Hills say they are trying to shut down a home that serves as a hotel where Chinese mothers pay thousands to give birth so their children will be U.S. citizens.

Chino Hills spokeswoman Denise Cattern tells the Los Angeles Times the city issued a cease and desist order Monday for operating a hotel in a residential zone, and plan to go to court.

Cattern says the move has nothing to do with immigration, only illegal business dealings.

Dozens of residents protested against the house over the weekend, holding signs reading "No Birth Tourism" and "Not Here! Not in USA!"

A website that city officials believe is tied to the hotel says it charges more than $10,000 for its services.

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