GG News Bureau
WASHINGTON DC, 29th Sept. Indian-American GOP candidate Vivek Ramaswamy on Wednesday took the podium with 7 other Republican candidates for a second presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California.
Vivek Ramaswamy said that he favors taking away birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants.
He was asked “what legal premise” he would use to expel undocumented immigrants and their US-born children from the country.
“I favour ending birthright citizenship for the kids of illegal immigrants in this country,” the biotech entrepreneur told Univision host Ilia Calderon.
Ramaswamy 38 years old was born to immigrant parents from India, said that the children of undocumented immigrants born in the country are not entitled to US citizenship as their parents “broke the law” to be in the country.
He asserted that he has “read” the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, stated from it that “all persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the laws and jurisdiction thereof are citizens”.
Ramaswamy’s views corresponded with fellow Republican candidate and former President Donald Trump who vowed to end birthright citizenship for children of unauthorized immigrants.
GOP front runner former president Donald Trump said earlier “My policy will choke off a major incentive for continued illegal immigration, deter more migrants from coming and encourage many of the aliens Joe Biden has unlawfully let into our country to go back to their home countries. They must go back,”.
He had also brought up the issue while he was in office.
Trump said he planned to issue an executive order that would end the automatic grant of citizenship to those born in this country to non-citizens in 2018.
Canada and Mexico also offer birthright citizenship, other than the US.
Ramaswamy termed transgender as a “mental health disorder” while responded to a question about parental notification about their children’s gender identities.
The debate was hosted by the Fox Business Network and Univision, was skipped by Trump.
GOP candidates attended the debate were — Ramaswamy, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, former Vice President Mike Pence, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum.