To become president or vice president of the United States, a candidate must be American at birth. Harris, daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father who migrated to the US years earlier, was born in the American city of Oakland, California. With that, she automatically became an American citizen by law.
According to Trump, the notion that Harris is ineligible was advanced by a “highly qualified and highly talented attorney.” “I have no idea if it is correct. I would have assumed the Democrats would have checked this before she was elected to run for vice president. But this is very serious; they say she doesn’t qualify because she wasn’t born in this country. ”
One reporter replied that there is no doubt that Harris was born in the United States, but that her parents were not citizens and possibly legal permanent residents at the time. They were possible with temporary visas, such as a student visa, in the country. A Trump campaign advisor had earlier in the day shared a tweet linking to an opinion piece in Newsweek, in which law professor John C. Eastman argues that Harris is eligible. Eastman is a Republican who ran to become Attorney General in 2010, a position Harris eventually won. His opinion is contradicted in the same publication by law professor Eugene Volokh.
The Democratic Party said on CNN that it was “not surprised” at Trump’s comments. “We are surprised that he comes so soon after the announcement of her nomination,” said the Democrats in a response. Some critics say Trump’s claim is racist, which Newsweek editors deny.
Trump claimed for years that former President Barack Obama was ineligible for the position: a decade ago he was one of the fiercest advocates of the so-called ‘birther movement’, which questioned Obama’s US citizenship. The supporters of this theory believed that Obama was born in Kenya. Obama released his birth certificate in 2011 to end the discussion.