(FixThisNation.com) – The push to end birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants has been gaining traction in the Republican primary, with three presidential candidates backing its end.
Vivek Ramaswamy in an interview with CNN noted that he was supportive of making this change, as there has been an increase in the illegal immigrants who are entering through the Southern border. As he pointed out there are around fourteen thousand or more migrants crossing through the border every day and there is a total lack of rule of law.
He added that people who are illegally entering the country should not be allowed to “establish an illegal toehold” in the country.
Birthright citizenship is granted under the 14th Amendment which states that all those born or naturalized in the country are citizens of the United States. For this reason, many critics have pointed out that ending birthright citizenship would mean that there is a constitutional change.
Francis Suarez, one of the GOP presidential candidates and mayor of Miami, stated that under the Constitution all those born in the country are considered citizens and that it would not be smart to crack the Constitution open for this purpose. Suarez was born to immigrant parents from Cuba.
Despite Suarez’s statement, as the border crisis has led to an influx of illegal immigrants entering the country, many conservatives are considering which incentives are driving immigration up, one of which is birthright citizenship.
Former President Donald Trump had been the first Republican candidate to argue that birthright citizenship should end.
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