“The JR Motel doesn’t have a sign or take reservations from the general public. Instead, it caters to well-off Chinese women who come to the United States while pregnant with the intention of giving birth to a child who, by law, will be an American citizen,” the Orange County Register reports. “Though the practice isn’t illegal, city officials said such long-term residency at the motel fits the category of a boarding or lodging house, and the location, 428 E. Lincoln Avenue, is not zoned for either.”

“The owner remodeled the building after receiving city approval in 2015 to run a motel, increasing the number of rooms and making other changes.”



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