Immigration has been one of the hottest issues for Republican candidates, with some advocating for sweeping reforms to address the US immigration system and tackle the Southern border crisis.
Ramaswamy Will Deport American-Born Children of Undocumented Immigrants
Vivek Ramaswamy, who gained attention after his performance at the recent Republican debate, said that he would deport American-born children of undocumented immigrants if elected as a president.
“The family unit will be deported,” Ramaswamy said when asked by NBC News if the deportations would include American-born children. “The children would be deported along with their families,” Ramaswamy said.
He Was Born To Immigrant Parents…
Ramaswamy, born and raised in Ohio to Indian immigrant parents, built his fortune in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. He gained prominence in Republican politics after authoring the book “Woke, Inc.” in 2012.
According to the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment, children born in the United States are US citizens, regardless of their parents’ immigration status.
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside,” the 14th Amendment states.
Slaves and Free African Americans Couldn’t Obtain Us Citizenship
The 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868, three years after the end of the American Civil War that abolished slavery in Southern states. The 14th Amendment also overturned a Supreme Court ruling according to which slaves and free African Americans couldn’t obtain US citizenship.
Many conservatives, including Ramaswamy, don’t think that the 14th Amendment confers birthright citizenship.
“Under the legal theory that the child of an illegal immigrant is not someone who enjoys birthright citizenship, then it would be perfectly legally permissible to remove the entire family unit,” Ramaswamy said.
Will the New Ruling Bring Legal Challenges?
As the Presidential election nears, several Republicans in the race have said they would end the birthright to citizenship.
In June, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s campaign called birthright citizenship “inconsistent with the original understanding of the 14th Amendment,” as he announced a new border policy.
Former President Donald Trump vowed to issue an executive order to end birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants if re-elected.
Many legal experts say that such action would almost certainly draw a legal challenge.
War Powers for the President to Order US Troops Against Mexican Drug Gangs
Like a number of other Republicans, Ramaswamy also said he supports US military action in Mexico to fight the flow of drugs into the United States.
The conversation about military intervention to fight drug cartels south of the border emerged earlier this year, followed by Congress Republicans proposing formal war powers for the president to order US troops against Mexican drug gangs.
During his interview with Tucker Carlson, Ramaswamy also called LBTQ community “cult-like,” saying that it creates “us-versus-them” order.
LGBTQ+ Rights Are Causing Tension
Ramaswamy said the LGBTQ+ rights movement’s existence is “perpetuated by ideas that are based in faith rather than facts” because its core premises are irreconcilably “in tension” with each other.
Unlike some Republican candidates, Ramaswamy doesn’t draw a harsh line between himself and Trump, who is still seen as the most prominent contender on the Republican side.
“I’m more similar to Trump in 2015 than Trump today is to Trump in 2015,” Ramaswamy said during the podcast interview with Russell Brand.
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Source: NBC News