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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

What makes a natural born citizen?

Since first term US Senator from Texas Ted Cruz has thrown his had into the 2016 presidential race, I found this WaPo article interesting. I wanted to know if Sen. Cruz who had been born in Canada was a natural-born citizen.

I knew he was born in Canada but were his parents US Citizens. There seems to be a serious debate about this.

There was a debate on a web-forum far far away over Cruz' US Senate colleague Marco Rubio. I believe the issue there was the immigrant status of his parents although Rubio was actually born in Miami, Florida to naturalized American citzens. Which adds another wrinkle to this debate over whether or not a person born in US territory is a natural born citizen.

Even mentioned in the aforementioned article the President. Although in the President's case it was less over being a natural born citizen as it was truth over some crucial birth documents.

In my personal most humble opinion if you're an American citizen born to an American citizen you're a citizen. I don't totally understand the debate between citizen vs. natural born citizen. My understanding has always been if you were born to an American citizen parent then you are a citizen and that makes you a natural born citizen.

What do you think?

1 comment:

CDR Kerchner-Ret said...

No matter what one thinks of his politics, Ted Cruz is NOT constitutionally eligible. And the two major political party lawyers Katyal and Clement can spin and put out disinformation to lend support to constitutionally ineligible people in both major parties, but they cannot change the original intent, meaning, and understanding of who is a "natural born Citizen" which comes from Natural Law and not man-made laws or acts of Congress. Both major political parties are out to dilute and abrogate the original intent, meaning, and understanding of the term “natural born Citizen” in Article II of our Constitution and why it was put there. Being simply ‘born a Citizen’ was proposed and not accepted. The founders and framers added the adjective “natural”. And that adjective comes from Natural Law. Adjectives mean something. Look up the meaning of the adjective "natural" when it comes to legal meaning in front of a noun. See section 212 of this legal treatise on the Principles of Natural Law which was written in 1758 Vattel, the 1775 edition which was edited and published by Dumas and was much used by the founders and framers: http://lonang.com/library/reference/vattel-law-of-nations/vatt-119/ Read: http://www.art2superpac.com/issues.html and http://jimsjustsayin.blogspot.com/2015/03/ina-post-on-harvard-law-review-forum.html and http://puzo1.blogspot.com/2015/03/a-response-to-neil-katyal-and-paul.html CDR Kerchner (Ret) – ProtectOurLiberty.org

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