GOP presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy will deport children of illegal immigrants even if they are born in the U.S., according to a recent interview.
His plan: Speaking to NBC News at an Iowa town hall meeting on Friday, Ramaswamy, 38, said he will deport the children and their parents but provide a legal path back to certain families “under the right circumstances.”
“The family unit will be deported,” the biotech billionaire said. “As a family unit we will never separate families, but we will debureaucratize the process for which law-abiding citizens and their families have a path to legal immigration to the country if they meet the criteria.”
What the U.S. Constitution says: Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution 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.” This means anyone born on U.S. soil is a U.S. citizen.
Ramaswamy on the Fourteenth Amendment: Ramaswamy told NBC News that there are “legally contested questions under the Fourteenth Amendment of whether the child of an illegal immigrant is indeed a child who enjoys birthright citizenship or not.” He did not cite examples but stressed that “we will follow the Constitution.”
The Cincinnati native, who was born to Indian immigrants, also vowed never to use separation of families as a deterrent against illegal immigration.
“I’m a pro-family person,” he said.
Latest polling: Ramaswamy rose from 2% to 7% in an Emerson College poll of Iowa Republican caucus voters, as per The Hill, tying with former South Carolina governor and fellow Indian American Nikki Haley. Former President Donald Trump still led the pack, but his support dropped to 49% from 62% in May.