Skip to comments.Bret explains "natural born citizen" requirements for president and vice president
Posted on 05/01/2012 9:32:22 AM PDT by GregNH
Here's the deal...
Many legal analysts and scholars agree with this take-- and until the Supreme Court weighs in.. this is how the law is interpreted:
The Constitution requires that the president be a "natural born citizen," but does not define the term. That job is left to federal law, in 8 U.S. Code, Section 1401. All the law requires is that the mother be an American citizen who has lived in the U.S. for five years or more, at least two of those years after the age of 14. If the mother fits those criteria, the child is a U.S. citizen at birth, regardless of the father's nationality.
The brouhaha over President Obama's birth certificate -- has revealed a widespread ignorance of some of the basics of American citizenship. The Constitution, of course, requires that a president be a "natural born citizen," but the Founding Fathers did not define the term, and it appears few people know what it means.
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I bet Bret wishes he didn’t post this come tomorrow. His email box will definitely be full.
And that law came about when?
He keeps referring to “Legal experts” but I don’t see him naming any.
We’ve got “legal experts” that have been quoted on FR and other conservative sites that say Bret just described a combination of native born citizen and naturalized citizens, but not natural born citizen, which was defined in at least one supreme court case to mean a citizen born in the land of citizen parents (plural).
I eagerly await Bret’s explanation on why it’s acceptable for the HOMOPOTUS to have more than one Social Security number...
Bret is the only newsperson who regularly reports on BC issues...Just the minimum facts, but he’s usually got them.
Just going to toss this out there. Could this be a prelude to getting the term explained by claiming ignorance as the excuse for not bringing this to light sooner?
Bret has just admitted and demonstrated his profound ignorance about the Constitution and the intent of those who wrote it.
And I note that not one single legal analyst, legal expert or scholar is mentioned by name.
From whom, exactly, are you getting your information, Bret?
??? That section is titled Nationals and citizens of United States at birth
Absolute amazingly dishonest propaganda to cover for the Usurper And Chief.
Obama is ineligible. Anyone with common sense knows this.
And what about Marco Rubio? Even by Brets literally made up definition, Rubio is NOT a Natural Born Citizen.
I'm completely losing faith in Fox News.
Either way, it seems to be coming to a head when something this important is finally being commented on.
This boil on the backside of America should have been lanced long ago.
Isn't there a problem with this statement?
Maybe they put him together out of leftover parts...
The rest of him is a construct.
Since everyone who was a citizen at the time of adoption is dead and likely to remain that way, we can remove the grandfather clause wording. We are left with No Person except a natural born Citizen [...] shall be eligible to the Office of President;
Why does the Constitution speak of citizens and separately of natural born citizens? It is a matter of allegiance.
A person can be a citizen if they were citizens or subjects in some other country first but have come here and met the naturalization requirements. Also, if one is the offspring of a citizen and a non-citizen, then one is a US citizen. However, in both these cases it can be argued that the person might choose allegiance to their former country or to the country of the foreign-born parent or at least the allegiance might be considered divided. It is this divided or alienated allegiance that the Constitutional provision is designed to prohibit.
If, however, both of ones parents are themselves US citizens, then one is a citizen as well as a natural born citizen. The natural born citizen is one who at birth has no natural allegiance to any other country and the Framers felt could be trusted to be loyal to the US and not act as a foreign agent.
Note that native born is not the same as natural born. Native born simply refers to the place of ones birth, i.e., ones nativity. The term does not speak to the legal circumstances of a birth, merely to its location.
(g) a person born outside the geographical limits of the United States and its outlying possessions of parents one of whom is an alien, and the other a citizen of the United States who, prior to the birth of such person, was physically present in the United States or its outlying possessions for a period or periods totaling not less than five years, at least two of which were after attaining the age of fourteen years:
That section is titled Nationals and citizens of United States at birth
No kidding, Sherlock. That section falls under the Title which is "Aliens and Nationality"!