A Foreign Born Citizen is a Natural Born Citizen and Eligible to Be President: A Legalist View of the Constitution

25 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2016

Date Written: April 6, 2016

Abstract

A natural born citizen is a person who is a citizen at birth by virtue of birth under the laws in effect at the time of birth as enacted by Congress pursuant to its power to make a uniform rule of naturalization. Neither British common nor statutory law is determinative although the First Congress generally followed the example of Parliament in extending natural born citizenship to the children born to American citizens in foreign countries. Under existing law, Ted Cruz was a natural born citizen as the time of his birth in Canada and is eligible to be President.

Keywords: citizen, birth, natural, born, president, constitution

Suggested Citation

Martin, Sidney, A Foreign Born Citizen is a Natural Born Citizen and Eligible to Be President: A Legalist View of the Constitution (April 6, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2759908 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2759908

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