Republican presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy has caused uproar with his radical immigration proposal. In an interview, Ramaswamy boldly declared his intention to deport U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants.
“The Family Unit Will Be Deported”
During a packed town hall meeting on a fateful Friday, Ramaswamy didn’t hold back with his radical words, proclaiming, “The family unit will be deported.”
These children, born on U.S. soil, are American citizens by birthright, according to the 14th Amendment.
The 14th Amendment unequivocally states that “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.”
When questioned again about the fate of these American-born children, Ramaswamy remained resolute. He affirmed, “That is correct.”
Ramaswamy Questions the Constitutionality of Birthright Citizenship
Like others in the conservative camp, Ramaswamy questions whether the 14th Amendment guarantees birthright citizenship.
He acknowledged that there’s ongoing legal debate about whether the child of an undocumented immigrant truly enjoys birthright citizenship. It’s a contested issue.
Other Republican Candidates Agree
Ramaswamy isn’t alone in this stance. Other GOP figures, including controversial Florida governor Ron Desantis, have weighed in on the 14th Amendment’s interpretation.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis hinted in a border policy announcement that birthright citizenship might not be given to the children of undocumented immigrants, saying it’s “inconsistent with the original understanding of the 14th Amendment.”
Former President Donald Trump also made waves by vowing to end birthright citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants if re-elected.
Illegal Immigration: “Invasion on US soil”
This is just the latest in Ramaswamy’s series of hardline stances on immigration. The 38-year-old rising star in the Republican Party has been vocal about his plans.
Ramaswamy has previously advocated deploying the U.S. military to the Southern and Northern borders, calling the immigration crisis an “Invasion on US soil.”
He even expressed a willingness to employ drone strikes against Mexican drug cartels in a move that shocked many.
With immigration becoming a focal point in American politics, Ramaswamy’s proposal adds fuel to an already raging fire.
Experts predict that if such a policy were implemented, it would face numerous legal challenges due to the clear language of the 14th Amendment, but Ramaswamy thinks otherwise.
Thousands of U.S.-Born Children Could Be Affected
Ramaswamy argued, “There are legally contested questions under the 14th Amendment of whether the child of an illegal immigrant is indeed a child who enjoys birthright citizenship.”
Deporting U.S.-born children could have far-reaching consequences, affecting thousands of innocent lives.
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