The idea of conducting childcare overseas is so ridiculous the subject has even been satirized by The Onion in one of its fake news reports. “Now sometimes I am even able to just get him right into the box without even waking him up,” one of the mothers interviewed in the faux news report says.
However unimaginable it may be for parents to actually glean an advantage in outsourcing child care overseas, any discussion of the concept must make mention of the level of foreign-born labor already doing that job in the U.S. According to the report, "Immigrant Workers in the U.S. Labor Force," issued by the Brookings Institution in March, the majority of American domestic workers are in fact foreign-born, by 53 percent to 47 percent over native-born nannies. And in some regions, the disparity is even more dramatic. The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles estimated in 2008 that 70 percent of domestic workers in greater Los Angeles were illegal immigrants, to make no mention of legal immigrants working as nannies.
The presence of illegal immigrants working as American nannies has long been a high-profile, and controversial story. Back in 1993, for instance, President Bill Clinton had to withdraw his nomination of Zoe Baird for attorney general when it was revealed that Baird had employed a Peruvian couple without papers as a babysitter and driver. In the wake of the failed nomination, Baird agreed to pay Immigration and Naturalization Services a $2,900 fine in what became known as “Nannygate.”