Continuing his proposals for drastic policy changes, Indian-origin US presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy has said he will support ending birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants in the US. The second debate of the Republican Party for the candidacy in the 2024 presidential election was held on Wednesday at the ‘Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum’ in Simi Valley, California. The debate saw Ramaswamy sharing the stage with six other candidates, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.
According to a news published in the newspaper ‘Washington Post’ on Wednesday, when Ramaswamy was asked “what legal basis” would he use to deport undocumented immigrants and their children of American origin from the country, he replied: Mentioned the 2015 proposal. Then-candidate Donald Trump promised to end birthright citizenship. Ramaswami argued that children of undocumented immigrants in the United States should not be granted citizenship because their parents “broke the law” to live in the country.
Ramaswami, 38, also supported other measures such as militarizing the country’s southern border, defunding refugee “sanctuary cities” and ending foreign aid to Mexico and Central America. He said he would go one step further by ending birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants in this country. Ramaswamy, a second-generation Indian-American, has previously criticized the H-1B visa program, saying the current “lottery” system needs to be “abolished” and replaced with a eligibility-based, A skills-based immigration scheme should be implemented.
H-1B visa is quite popular among Indian IT professionals. This is a nonimmigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialized occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Ramaswamy’s stance on H-1B visas is also reminiscent of Trump’s campaign stance in 2016. As then-candidate, Donald Trump had previously taken a tough stance on these foreign workers. However, he later softened his rhetoric. It is noteworthy that Ramaswamy has also used the H-1B visa program 29 times.
According to the newspaper ‘Politico’, from 2018 to 2023, US Citizenship and Immigration Services approved 29 applications for Ramaswamy’s former company Roivant Sciences to hire employees under H-1B visas. Ramaswamy was described as “Trump’s successor” by the famous ‘Time’ magazine. He has attracted considerable attention following the Republican Party presidential ‘primary’ debate on August 23. The first poll after the debate said that 28 percent of 504 respondents said Ramaswami performed the best.
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