Skip to comments.Obama - Maybe a Citizen of the United States But Not a Natural Born Citizen
Posted on 03/05/2010 4:25:45 AM PST by Spaulding
The question which has gripped our Constitutional Republic is whether putative President, Barack Obama, is eligible to be President and Commander in Chief of the Military. Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of our Constitution provides that: No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States. Despite the fact that Article II itself, and when read together with Articles I, III, IV and Amendments Eleven, Fourteen, Fifteen, Nineteen, Twenty-Four, and Twenty-Six, clearly makes a distinction between a Citizen of the United States and a natural born Citizen, when it comes to deciding whether Obama is eligible to be President under Article II, many incorrectly interpret a Citizen of the United States to be the same thing as a natural born Citizen. With these two clauses not having the same meaning, the proper eligibility question is not whether Obama is a Citizen of the United States. Rather, the correct inquiry is whether Obama is a natural born Citizen.
Most probably recognize that United States citizens are created either at birth or at the moment of naturalization. The former is a native (using that term in its modern sense and not in the sense that the Founders used it) and the latter is not. Most probably also recognize that a naturalized citizen is not eligible to be President. But what many fail to recognize is that the event of birth has two natural elements which always have and always will be present in every birth: (1) the place where one was born and (2) the two parents who procreated the child. Hence, some also fail to understand that there are two types of born citizens, one being a born "Citizen of the United States" and the other being a "natural born Citizen." Under current law, a born "Citizen of the United States" is one granted that status under the 14th Amendment or Congressional Act (e.g. Title 8 Section 1401), both of which consider either (1) being born on United States soil or (2) being born to at least one United States citizen parent sufficient conditions for being granted the status of a born "Citizen of the United States." Never in our history has the United States Supreme Court or the Congress ever required that one needs to satisfy both of these conditions in order to be a citizen of the United States. But as to a natural born Citizen, we have a different story.
To understand what an Article II natural born Citizen is, we have to revert to the Founding era to determine what the Founders and Framers intended that clause to mean. In analyzing what meaning the Framers gave to the natural born Citizen clause, we must remember that they wrote the Constitution in the historical context of having won a Revolution and in having to constitute a new society. They were inspired by and found justification in the political philosophy of natural law and the law of nations and not that of the English common law in going forward with that Revolution and they relied on that same law when defining national citizenship. Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution grandfathered all persons to be eligible to be President who were Citizens of the United States at the time the Constitution was adopted. These persons would have been adults who were born in the colonies, children born in the new states, or adults inhabiting or naturalized under the naturalization laws in either place, at the time that the Constitution was adopted, provided they all adhered to the American Revolution. Justice Gray in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898) explained that under English common law that prevailed in the colonies these original citizens included persons who were born in the colonies or new states to alien parents. These original citizens, whether born in the country or out of it, were all naturalized to be citizens of the United States by simply adhering to the American Revolution. The Founders in Article II grandfathered these citizens of the United States to be eligible to be President, provided that they were such at the time of the adoption of the Constitution which we know occurred on September 17, 1787. The grandfather clause is obsolete today.
The Founders themselves, being born prior to independence were subjects of the British Crown and to other foreign sovereigns but adhering to the American Revolution became part of the first citizens of the United States. All being born in the colonies before the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776 to British parents, the first seven Presidents were born subjects of Great Britain (born subject to a foreign power) and therefore needed the grandfather clause to make them eligible to be President. Andrew Jackson, the seventh President, born on March 15, 1767, was the last President who could utilize the grandfather clause to make him eligible to be President. Justice Story observed in his Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States that for the Framers to allow naturalized citizens (who like them were born subject to a foreign power and as we shall see below not natural born Citizens) to be eligible to be President was an exception to the great fundamental policy of all governments, to exclude foreign influence from their executive councils and duties. III J. Story, Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States Sec. 1473 (1833). Being born on December 5, 1782, on United States soil (in New York and therefore not born on foreign soil) to parents who had also become citizens of the United States by election to be loyal to the American Revolution (not born to foreign parents), Martin Van Buren, the eighth President (his mother was of Dutch ancestry and his great-great-great-great-grandfather Cornelis had come to the New World in 1631 from the Netherlands) was the first United States President not born a British or other foreign subject (not subject to a foreign power by being born either on foreign soil or to a foreign parent) who was born a natural born Citizen and who therefore did not need the grandfather clause to make him eligible to be President. The New Netherland Institute describes Van Burens family history as follows: In fact, although they were fifth generation Dutch, all of their forebears were of Dutch extraction. The original Van Buren had come over in the 1640's during the Van Rensselaer era when all of Columbia County was part of the Rensselaer Estate. And the original immigrant forbear probably came over sponsored by Killian Van Rensselaer, among many other immigrants, to occupy the Rensselaer estate. As a result Martin Van Buren was pure Dutch, and still spoke Dutch, the language that prevailed for many generations in that part of New York State along the Hudson River. http://www.nnp.org/nni/Publications/Dutch-American/buren.html. It has been said that Van Buren is the first President born under the American flag.
On the other hand, for children born after the adoption of the Constitution in 1787, the same Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 provides, among other things, that only a "natural born Citizen" is eligible to be President. An Article II "natural born Citizen" is one granted that special status under American common law that has its origins in natural law and the law of nations. With citizenship being a matter of status having international implications, the Framers would have expected its definition to be supplied by public law or the law of nations and not by any municipal or English common law, which the States continued to use to resolve their local problems concerning contracts, torts, property, inheritance, criminal procedure, etc. Under the law of nations, to be a "natural born Citizen," the child needed to be born in the United States (or what may be deemed its equivalent) to two citizen parents. This definition of a natural born Citizen is found in and has been confirmed by the following United States Supreme Court cases and other authorities:
1. Samuel von Pufendorf, The Whole Duty of Man According to the Laws of Nature (William Tooke trans., Ian Hunter & David Saunders, eds., Liberty Fund 2003, Book II, Chapter 6 (1691): Citizens are either Originally so; that is, such as are born in the Place, and upon that Account claim their Privileges; Or else, Adscititious; that is, such as come from Foreign Parts. Of the first Sort, are either those who at first were present and concerned in the forming of the said Society, or their Descendants, who we call Indigenes, or Natives.
2. Emer de Vattel, The Law of Nations, or Principles of the Laws of Nature, Applied to the Conduct and Affairs of Nations and Sovereigns, bk. 1, c. 19, sec. 212 (original French in 1758 and first English in 1759): The citizens are the members of the civil society: bound to this society by certain duties, and subject to its authority, they equally participate in its advantages. The natives, or indigenes, are those born in the country of parents who are citizens. In the 1797 English edition, the translator replaced the word indigenes with natural-born citizens. Hence, it read: The citizens are the members of the civil society: bound to this society by certain duties, and subject to its authority, they equally participate in its advantages. The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. Hence, while the definition of a natural born citizen never changed in Vattels texts, the term to express it was changed from indigenes to natural-born citizens.
With many of the Founders being proficient in Latin, Greek, and French, they probably obtained the clause natural born citizen and its synonym, native, from ancient Latin text which was also translated into English rather than from simply copying the clause natural born subject from the English common law and substituting the word citizen for subject. That ancient text was found in Institutio Oratoria, by Marcus Fabius Quintilianus (or Quintilian), published in Latin in the first century A.D. The Framers were well read in the Roman and Greek classics. Jefferson and other Founders had a love for Roman history and education. From the excellent research conducted by John Greschak, we learn the following: In 1774, the phrase natural born citizen was used in an English translation (from the Latin) of the book Institutio Oratoria, by Marcus Fabius Quintilianus (published in the first century A.D.); this was done in Chapter I of Book VIII. The phrase is found in the Latin text: Quare, si fieri, potest et verba omnia et vox huius alumnum urbis oleant, ut oratio Romana plane videatur, non civitate donata. Quintilianus, Institutio Oratoria, Book 1, Chapter VIII. There have been at least five different English translations of this work and this sentence. The first was by Guthrie in 1756. Since then, there have been translations by Patsall (1774), Watson (1856), Butler (1920-2) and Russell (2001). http://www.greschak.com/essays/natborn/index.htm. Greschak found that Guthrie in 1756 used the word native when translating Quintilianus reference to that Roman citizen who because of birth and family upbringing was expected to be most able to speak the pure Roman language. In referring to the same type of citizen, Patsall in 1774 translated the same sentence as: Therefore, if possible, every word and the very tone of voice, should bespeak the natural born citizen of Rome, that the language may be purely Roman, and not so by a right different from birth and education (emphasis supplied). Greschak states: I do not claim that this is the first use of the phrase natural born citizen, but it is the earliest use of which I am aware. Id. Alumnum means "nourished, brought up; reared/fostered by; native, brought up locally." (Latin-English Dictionary 1.97FC). Urbis means city. Parentage, education, and upbringing made an alumnum urbis oleant. Just being born in the city was not sufficient to meet the definition of the phrase. It was both birth in the locality and parental and institutional rearing and education from birth that produced the natural born citizen.
Hence, Quintilianus work which was translated from the Latin to the English provided the clause natural born citizen and the word native and the translators used the words interchangeably to mean the same thing. This fluctuation in translation explains why the Founders, too, used the words native and natural born Citizen synonymously.
Quintilianus also provides an explanation of how the Framers translated Vattel by taking his French words of Les naturels, ou indigenes or the same words translated into English as natives or indigenes and translated or converted them into natural born Citizen which is what they wrote into Article II. Being able to read and understand the definitions that Vattel gave to the clause Les naturels, ou indigenes (in French) and The natives or indigenes (in English), they realized that Vattels clauses as written in either French or English were the equivalent to native or natural born citizen with which they were familiar from having found the clauses in ancient Latin text or its English translations that we saw above. The Founders would have been familiar with both natural born citizen and native from having seen the two expressions in these various English translations of the ancient Latin text. These English translations took the Latin clause alumnum urbis oleant and translated it into either native or natural born citizen. Hence, it appears that the English translators believed that either native or natural born citizen captured the meaning of alumnum urbis oleant. The Framers, applying their study and knowledge of natural law, would have equated Vattels description of Les naturals, ou indigenes or the natives or indigenes found in Section 212, which was a citizen of true origin and therefore of the highest order with what Quintilanus called alumnum orbis oleant, also considered by him to be a citizen of true Roman origin and of the highest order. In fact, during the constitutional debates the Framers also used both natural born citizen and native interchangeably, just as the English translators of the Latin term alumnum orbis oleant did. It would be highly coincidental that both the English translators of Quintilianus Latin text and the Founders would have been using those two clauses interchangeably unless they were referring to the same concept, alumnum orbis oleant. We know that the Framers chose natural born Citizen rather than native. They then applied Vattels definitions to the natural born citizen clause that they selected. It is also significant that the English translator of the 1797 English edition used the natives, or natural-born citizens in the place of the natives, or indigenes. In making this change, this translator probably knew that the Founders used natives or natural born Citizens to represent the citizens of the highest order and whom Vattel called Les naturels, ou indigenes, or what had been to date translated as the natives, or indigenes.
3. The Venus, 12 U.S. (8 Cranch) 253, 289 (1814): Chief Justice John Marshall, concurring and dissenting for other reasons, said: Vattel, who, though not very full to this point, is more explicit and more satisfactory on it than any other whose work has fallen into my hands, says The citizens are the members of the civil society; bound to this society by certain duties, and subject to its authority, they equally participate in its advantages. The natives or indigenes are those born in the country of parents who are citizens. Society not being able to subsist and to perpetuate itself but by the children of the citizens, those children naturally follow the condition of their fathers, and succeed to all their rights.
4. Shanks v. Dupont, 28 U.S. 242, 245 (1830): If she was not of age, then she might well be deemed under the circumstances of this case to hold the citizenship of her father, for children born in a country, continuing while under age in the family of the father, partake of his national character as a citizen of that country.
5. Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857): Justice Daniels concurring, cited and quoted from Vattel and The Law of Nations thus: The citizens are the members of the civil society; bound to this society by certain duties, and subject to its authority, they equally participate in its advantages. The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. As society cannot perpetuate itself otherwise than by the children of the citizens, those children naturally follow the condition of their parents, and succeed to all their rights. Again: I say, to be of the country, it is necessary to be born of a person who is a citizen; for if he be born there of a foreigner, it will be only the place of his birth, and not his country. . . . It should be noted that Justice Daniel took out of Vattels definition the reference to fathers and father and replaced it with parents and person, respectively.
6. Rep. John Bingham, in the House on March 9, 1866, in commenting on the Civil Rights Act of 1866 which was the precursor to the Fourteenth Amendment: "[I] find no fault with the introductory clause [S 61 Bill], which is simply declaratory of what is written in the Constitution, that every human being born within the jurisdiction of the United States of parents not owing allegiance to any foreign sovereignty is, in the language of your Constitution itself, a natural born citizen. . . . Cong. Globe, 39th, 1st Session, 1291 (1866).
7. Slaughter-House Cases, 83 U.S. 36, 21 L.Ed. 394, 16 Wall. 36 (1872): In explaining the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment clause, subject to the jurisdiction thereof, said that the clause was intended to exclude from its operation children of ministers, consuls, and citizens or subjects of foreign States born within the United States.
8. Minor v. Happersett, 88 U.S. 162, 167-68 (1875): The Constitution does not in words say who shall be natural-born citizens. Resort must be had elsewhere to ascertain that. At common law, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or foreigners. Some authorities go further and include as citizens children born within the jurisdiction without reference to the citizenship of their parents. As to this class there have been doubts, but never as to the first. For the purposes of this case, it is not necessary to solve these doubts. It is sufficient, for everything we have now to consider, that all children, born of citizen parents within the jurisdiction, are themselves citizens. Id., 169 U.S. at 679-80. Minor did not cite Vattel but as can be seen the Courts definition of a citizen and a natural born Citizen are take directly out of Vattels Section 212.
9. Ex parte Reynolds, 20 F.Cas. 582, 5 Dill. 394, No. 11,719 (C.C.W.D.Ark 1879): [T]he offspring of free persons follows the condition of the father, and the rule partus sequitur patrem prevails in determining their status. 1 Bouv. Inst., 198, § 502; 31 Barb. 486; 2 Bouv. Law Dict. 147; Shanks v. Dupont, 3 Pet. [28 U.S.] 242. This is the universal maxim of the common law with regard to freemen -- as old as the common law, or even as the Roman civil law No other rules than the ones above enumerated ever did prevail in this or any other civilized country. In the case of Ludlam v. Ludlam, 31 Barb. 486, the court says: The universal maxim of [**17] the common law being partus sequitur patrem, it is sufficient for the application of this doctrine that the father should be a subject lawfully, and without breach of his allegiance beyond sea, no matter what may be the condition of the mother. The law of nations, which becomes, when applicable to an existing condition of affairs in a country, a part of the common law of that country, declares the same rule. Vattel, in his Law of Nations (page 101), says: As the society cannot exist and perpetuate itself otherwise than by the children of the citizens, these children naturally follow the condition of their fathers and succeed to their rights. * * * The country of the father is, therefore, that of the children, and these become true citizens merely by their tacit consent. Again, on page 102, Vattel says: By the law of nature alone, children follow the condition of their fathers and enter into all their rights. This law of nature, as far as it has become a part of the common law, in the absence of any positive enactment on the subject, must be the rule in this case.
10. Elk v. Wilkins, 112 U.S. 94 (1884): The main object of the opening sentence of the fourteenth amendment was to settle the question, upon which there had been a difference of opinion throughout the country and in this court, as to the citizenship of free negroes, (Scott v. Sandford, 19 How. 393;) and to put it beyond doubt that all persons, white or black, and whether formerly slaves or not, born or naturalized in the United States, and owing no allegiance to any alien power, should be citizens of the United States and of the state in which they reside. Slaughter-House Cases, 16 Wall. 36, 73; Strauder v. West Virginia, 100 U. S. 303, 306 [S]ubject to the jurisdiction thereof is, not merely subject in some respect or degree to the jurisdiction of the United States, but completely subject to their political jurisdiction, and owing them direct and immediate allegiance . Persons not thus subject to the jurisdiction of the United States at the time of birth cannot become so afterwards, except by being naturalized Indians born within the territorial limits of the United States, members of, and owing immediate allegiance to, one of the Indian tribes, (an alien though dependent power,) although in a geographical sense born in the United States, are no more 'born in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof,' within the meaning of the first section of the fourteenth amendment, than the children of subjects of any foreign government born within the domain of that government, or the children born within the United States, of ambassadors or other public ministers of foreign nations . To be a citizen of the United States is a political privilege which no one, not born to, can assume without its consent in some form.
11. United States v. Ward, 42 F.320 (C.C.S.D.Cal. 1890) (same definition and cites Vattel); At common law, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that all children, born in a country of parents who were its citizens, became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives, or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or foreigners.
12. U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898): It quoted the same definition of natural born Citizen as did Minor v. Happersett. It declared under the Fourteenth Amendment a child born on United States soil to alien parents who were domiciled and legally residing in the United States and therefore subject to the jurisdiction of the United States a citizen of the United States, It did not find him an Article II natural born Citizen. Chief Justice Fuller in his dissent said that he would not have found Wong to be a citizen of the United States because his parents were not citizens. He also confirmed Vattels definition of a natural born Citizen.
The two citizen-parent requirement (not only just one parent) comes from the definition of a natural born Citizen referring to the childs parents in the plural. It also comes from the common law that provided that a woman upon marriage took the citizenship of her husband. Both parents must also be citizens in order for the child not to be born subject to any foreign power and therefore with any other conflicting allegiance or loyalty. Hence, given the Framers use of the natural born Citizen clause, they required a would-be President to have both (1) birth on United States soil (or its equivalent) and (2) birth to two United States citizen parents as necessary conditions of being granted that special status. Given the necessary conditions that must be satisfied to be granted the status, all "natural born Citizens" are "Citizens of the United States" but not all "Citizens of the United States" are "natural born Citizens."
It is telling that of all the positions and offices the Framers provided for in the Constitution, only that of the President and Commander in Chief of the Military (and also the Vice President under the Twelfth Amendment) may be occupied only by a natural born Citizen. They therefore believed that this singular and all-powerful office was more vulnerable to foreign influence than any other and they thereby sought to give it the most protection that they could. Minor said that there were doubts whether the children born in the United States to alien parents were citizens. The Minor decision was decided in 1875 or 87 years after the Constitution was adopted and as Justice Waite explained in that decision our nation still had doubts on whether children born in the United States to alien parents were even citizens. If the Court had doubts about whether these children were citizens, it surely had doubts whether they were natural born Citizens. We cannot reasonably imagine that the Framers would have used a standard for a person to meet in order to be eligible to be President and Commander in Chief of the Military which would have created doubts as to its meaning and which would therefore have put at risk the security and integrity of that critically important office. Surely, they would have relied on a definition that created no doubt which Minor explained was one that included that both the child be born in the country (or its equivalent) to citizen parents. Indeed, as Minor explained, such a standard created no doubt. It was through the natural born Citizen clause that the Framers sought to accomplish the goal of protecting the Office of President and Commander in Chief of the Military from foreign influence and of providing a definition of national citizenship which the nation would have no difficulty to understand.
Because natural born Citizen status requires unity of citizenship and allegiance, conditions which descend naturally to the child at the time of birth from the two events of birth in the United States and birth to United States citizen parents, this status provides a would-be President with the greatest degree of loyalty and allegiance to the United States, a quality that the Framers expected all Presidents and Chief Military Commanders born after the adoption of the Constitution to have. It is this high degree of loyalty and allegiance to the United States in a President and Military Commander in Chief of the Military that provides the nation and each of its citizens and residents with both the greatest confidence in the person holding that highest civil and military office and the greatest protection from enemies both foreign and domestic, or what John Jay in his letter of July 25, 1787, to then General Washington called a strong check on foreign influence invading our government. Wisdom shows that there is no sound national security or public policy reason why a Constitutional Republic such as the United States should demand anything less from a person who would aspire to the singular and all-powerful office of President and Commander in Chief of the Military.
Because Obama was born 173 years after the Constitution was adopted, he cannot take advantage of Article IIs now obsolete grandfather clause which would have allowed him to be eligible to be President if he could conclusively prove that he was a citizen of the United States (by conclusively proving he was born in Hawaii). Since he cannot utilize the grandfather clause, he must conclusively prove he is a natural born Citizen to be eligible to be President. But Obamas birth circumstances show that, even if he were born in Hawaii as he claims, he cannot satisfy his constitutional obligation under Article II. Obamas father, being born in the then-British colony of Kenya, was under the British Nationality Act 1948 a British subject/citizen and not a United States Citizen when Obama was born in 1961. Being here only temporarily on a student visa, he was not domiciled or permanently residing in the United States. Obama himself in 1961 by descent from his father was also born a British subject/citizen under that same 1948 Act. If Obama was born in Hawaii (a fact which he has yet to conclusively prove by presenting a contemporaneous birth certificate created in 1961 when he was born and not a Certification of Live Birth created in 2007 and posted on the internet in 2008), which would make him a dual citizen from birth of the United States and Great Britain, he could qualify as a Citizen of the United States under a liberal and questionable interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment. But because his father was not a United States citizen when Obama was born, he was born subject to a foreign power which he inherited from his father. Being born subject to a foreign power like a naturalized citizen, he is not an Article II natural born Citizen and therefore is not eligible to be President and Commander in Chief of the Military of the United States.
Mario Apuzzo, Esq.
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Reducing unemployment one troll at a time.
"I believe that the troll effort is now to see how much Freepers know. Trolls know they won't change anyone's mind. So it's fishing and disruption for them."
It's clear that there has never been any doubt about the meaning of the phrase "natural born citizen" by past Supreme Courts. If the words of Article II and these Courts throughout history are not definitive, then what is??? Precedence is precedence -- unless, I guess, one is dealing with lawless prefabricators.
I saw we continue topublish a list of these disruoors, even thoughthe mmods keep deleting them.The mods are on the side of the disruoptrs. .Jim is gong to lose this site which is the plan of the mods and these disruptors. Someone has Jim over a barrel. The feds? Someone in Jim’s family who is dedicated to Obama?
That wouldn't take long.
Sorry, mouth full of doughnut. Disruptor. luch break at work, my apologies.
Too many people feeding the trolls on other threads. *sigh*
Aaaaahhhh...but they still aren’t able to crack our *secret code*. Like when I say, “How’re ya doin’ today?” Only you and maybe a few others actually KNOW what that means.
Or, we can just skip over their posts and let them disrupt each other.
“I believe that the troll effort is now to see how much Freepers know. Trolls know they won’t change anyone’s mind. So it’s fishing and disruption for them.”
ABSOLUTELY!! Parsley’s posts are a perfect example of this. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad that all of the relevant things are hidden from the peering eyes of the trolls that haunt the BC threads. They NEED to know what we know, they won’t find that info here, not on the forum. They will be baited because WE want to know what they want to know.
In the translations, yes. But the early translation was pretty bad. The French used was "Les Naturels, ou indigenes" which translated means "The natural ones, or natives. The full sentence in French, absent the accent marks, is:
"Les naturels, ou indigenes, sont ceux qui sont nes dans le pays, de parents citoyens."
It doesn't say there is any difference either.
Not really. It was not about Natural Born Citizenship. Only citizenship.
From the majority opinion of Justice Grey, the question to be resolved:
It is conceded that, if he is a citizen of the United States, the acts of Congress, known as the Chinese Exclusion Acts, prohibiting persons of the Chinese race, and especially Chinese laborers, from coming into the United States, do not and cannot apply to him. The question presented by the record is whether a child born in the United States, of parents of Chinese descent, who, at the time of his birth, are subjects of the Emperor of China, but have a permanent domicil and residence in the United States, and are there carrying on business, and are not employed in any diplomatic or official capacity under the Emperor of China, becomes at the time of his birth a citizen of the United States by virtue of the first clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution,
Nothing there about "natural born citizen".
Then the conclusion:
The evident intention, and the necessary effect, of the submission of this case to the decision of the court upon the facts agreed by the parties were to present for determination the single question stated at the beginning of this opinion, namely, whether a child born in the United States, of parent of Chinese descent, who, at the time of his birth, are subjects of the Emperor of China, but have a permanent domicil and residence in the United States, and are there carrying on business, and are not employed in any diplomatic or official capacity under the Emperor of China, becomes at the time of his birth a citizen of the United States. For the reasons above stated, this court is of opinion that the question must be answered in the affirmative.
Nothing there about "natural born citizen" either.
And in fact in the quote from Binny a distiction between a child of an alien born in the country and the natural born child of a citizen is made. Plus, and I just noticed this, so thank you for pointing me at "WKA" again.
During the debates in the Senate in January and February, 1866, upon the Civil Rights Bill, Mr. Trumbull, the chairman of the committee which reported the bill, moved to amend the first sentence thereof so as to read,
All persons born in the United States, and not subject to any foreign power, are hereby declared to be citizens of the United States, without distinction of color.
Mr. Cowan, of Pennsylvania, asked, "Whether it will not have the effect of naturalizing the children of Chinese and Gypsies born in this country?" Mr. Trumbull answered, "Undoubtedly," and asked, "is not the child born in this country of German parents a citizen?" Mr. Cowan replied, "The children of German parents are citizens; but Germans are not Chinese." Mr. Trumbull rejoined: "The law makes no such distinction, and the child of an Asiatic is just as much a citizen as the child of a European." Mr. Reverdy Johnson suggested that the words, "without distinction of color," should be omitted as unnecessary, ...
Thus persons born of alien parents were spoken of as being "naturalized" by birth in the US, not being "natural born" by virtue of such birth. At least in 1866.
I believe that the troll effort is now to see how much Freepers know. Trolls know they wont change anyones mind. So its fishing and disruption for them.
ABSOLUTELY!! Parsleys posts are a perfect example of this. I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad that all of the relevant things are hidden from the peering eyes of the trolls that haunt the BC threads. They NEED to know what we know, they wont find that info here, not on the forum. They will be baited because WE want to know what they want to know.”
Aside from the text book paranoia on display, please accept my thanks. The stuff you’re willing to put out in public is God awful enough. I don’t think any of us what to peer into something worse than that.
Thanks! I needed a good laugh! They have wrapped the Birther Grotto Of True Evidence in aluminum foil, but they messed up and put it on dull side in-shiny side out. As a result, I was able to get a Mental Ray Projected Copy of all the information.
I would correct all this legal mis-information but they wouldn’t believe it anyway. I blame all this craziness on Obama. If he had freed the long form a year and a half ago, these poor people wouldn’t be wandering around with copies of Vattel held close to their hearts.
But as long as he continues to benefit from them, he will sit back on his selfish rear end and let them run around in circles.
parsy, who blames Obama for the Birther Movement
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