During the recent GOP debate 2024 Presidential elections candidate Vivek Ramaswamy stirred controversy by proposing end to “US citizenship at birth” rule for children born to “illegal immigrants”. He cited 14th Amendment of US Constitution to support his stance, arguing he had thoroughly studied the amendment.
Vivek Ramaswamy’s Controversial Idea: Changing Citizenship Rules
Ramaswamy’s argument revolved around idea not all children born in United States automatically receive citizenship, especially if their parents are diplomats, using example of Mexican diplomat’s child.
According to him 14th Amendment states that anyone born or naturalized in US and subject to its laws and jurisdiction is a citizen. Ramaswamy pointed out this rule doesn’t apply to children of diplomats, even if they are born in the US.
Public Response to Ramaswamy’s Proposal
His proposal generated strong reactions, with critics expressing concerns about the implications of changing this long-standing rule. While some praised his understanding of the constitutional details, others on social media criticized his viewpoint.
Ramaswamy’s comments highlight a divisive topic in American politics, sparking debates about immigration policies, citizenship, and the interpretation of constitutional amendments. The discussion around this issue reflects the ongoing challenges and differing perspectives in the country’s immigration discourse.