False claims inquiry Haley's presidential eligibility

Claim: Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley is disqualified since her parents were not U.S. citizens at birth. Fake AP assessment. Haley can run for president as a natural-born American. According to her governorship website, the former UN ambassador was born in Bamberg, South Carolina, on Jan. 20, 1972.

The Iowa caucuses are two weeks away, and some on social media are incorrectly saying that Haley, who was governor of South Carolina from 2011 to 2017, cannot constitutionally run for president.

A post on X, previously Twitter, titled “Nikki Haley is Constitutionally ineligible to be President….or Vice President,” garnered 6,900 likes and shares as of Tuesday. An report claims Haley is disqualified since her parents were not U.S. citizens when she was born.

Haley said in her 2012 book that her parents “were born in the Punjab region of India.” When Haley was governor, her staff informed The State in 2015 that her father, Ajit Randhawa, became a U.S. citizen in 1978, six years after her birth, and her mother, Raj, was naturalized in 2003

However, experts believe that Haley is a constitutional candidate regardless of her parents' citizenship. Her Bamberg birth makes her a natural-born citizen, one of three presidential criteria.

“Having been born in South Carolina, she is clearly a ‘natural born citizen,’ without regard to the fact that her parents were immigrants,” constitutional law expert Geoffrey Stone told The Associated Press. Stone termed suggestions otherwise “bonkers” and claimed her parents' citizenship does not exclude Haley from the president.

The president must be “a natural born citizen” of the U.S., 35 years old, and a 14-year resident, according to the Constitution. The 14th Amendment states that anybody born in the U.S. is a citizen, save for children of foreign diplomats.

Online misinformation has claimed that Vice President Kamala Harris cannot be president or vice president due to her parents' citizenship. Haley's campaign declined comment.

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