Fact Check: Is Kamala Harris ineligible to serve as US President if need be? Here's the truth

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After US Presidential candidate Joe Biden picked California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate for the post of Vice President, multiple posts started doing rounds on social media with a claim that in case Joe Biden is elected but is unable to complete his term as the US President then Kamala will not be able to serve as the President because of her immigrant parents.
“Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris as his VP.
If crazy Joe cannot serve his full term, Kamala cannot by constitutional law become President. She is an anchor baby, mother is from India, father is Jamaican, and neither were American citizens at time of her birth.
That means the Presidency would fall on Speaker of the house. Recently Nancy Pelosi stated that she was next in line to become President. THAT in itself is reason to vote her out in November.
Democrats have worked the whole scenario out and I believe that is why they chose Kamala Harris. Voter fraud is in the works to get Nancy Pelosi as President.
Cast your votes carefully in November, TRUMP as our President, or USA will become a third world country,” the post read.


FACT CHECK 

NewsMobile fact checked the posts and found the claim to be false.
As a part of our investigation, we checked the pre-requisites for becoming a Presidential candidate in the US.
On the official US Govt website, we found the following:

  • A natural-born citizen (U.S. citizen from birth)
  • At least 35 years old and
  • A U.S. resident (permanently lives in the U.S.) for at least 14 years


We then found that according to the ‘14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Civil Rights (1868)’, “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.”
We then checked and found that Kamala Devi Harris was born on October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California, US.

According to the 14th Amendment’s Citizenship Clause, she is a natural-born American citizen and hence is very much eligible to be the President of the United States.
Hence, the claim being made in the viral post is false.

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