If you were a spring breaker down in Cancun during its heyday, you might recall the old routine where cops would pick you up and then ask for cash to bring you to the hotel. This evolved into cops driving cashless students to ATMs so they could withdraw the daily maximum to get home safely. Third world countries have these problems. As America becomes more third world, these problems will become America's problems.
Will they hold your newborn hostage for payoffs? Yes, if this story is any indication. We can set aside the poor decision to take a babymoon at 27 weeks pregnant, but this woman had the child in Mexico as nature will not stop for vacations. The child was born and now the family is medically evacuating mother and child due to poor handling by the Mexican hospital and what sounds like outright blackmail or extortion.
We have heard that Mexico has nationalized health care, so there must be provisions for handling foreign visitors for billing. Either way the old pay cash for safe travels home is being applied to a premie baby. Reverse this and what would happen? International outcry at the evil American hospital extorting the young Mexican couple. This would never be an issue. They'd get billed back later, set up on a payment plan and the hospital's loss would be spread out over the rest of their customers' bills for the rest of the year.
This is not just in-group vs. out-group antagonism. This is extortion. To threaten to toss a premie out on the street without cash payment is ridiculous and the constant hits for cash to see the baby is low even compared to mafia don standards. Where's the simple approach of contacting the patient's local hospital network to transfer the baby? They fear no consequences. They know they have a desperate, emotional couple. What would American legal authorities do? Nothing is going to happen.
These kinds of antics will spread as America grows third world. The laws will not matter, as it is he on the ground that executes them. South Africa has protections and rights for gays, but gays want to leave South Africa in droves due to how the society truly treats them. Any society is formed by its people, who over a long period of time the culture and genetics work together to form. We constantly say that one cannot plug and play with people like they are interchangeable cogs. Even to get them to comply with another group's set of rules, they need to see the benefit of it. Not just a benefit but a superior outcome to their current system.