Skip to comments.Yes, Ted Cruz Can Be Born in Canada and Still Become President of the U.S.
Posted on 06/11/2014 11:18:34 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
~~snip~~ (just the facts, ma'am).
But what won't prevent Cruz from becoming president is his place of birth. Cruz was born in Calgary, Canada, while his parents were living there. His father is now an American citizen, but was not at the time; his mother, however, was born in the United States.
Helpfully, the Congressional Research Service gathered all of the information relevant to Cruz's case a few years ago, at the height (nadir?) of Obama birtherism. In short, the Constitution says that the president must be a natural-born citizen. "The weight of scholarly legal and historical opinion appears to support the notion that 'natural born Citizen' means one who is entitled under the Constitution or laws of the United States to U.S. citizenship 'at birth' or 'by birth,' including any child born 'in' the United States, the children of United States citizens born abroad, and those born abroad of one citizen parents who has met U.S. residency requirements," the CRS's Jack Maskell wrote. So in short: Cruz is a citizen; Cruz is not naturalized; therefore Cruz is a natural-born citizen, and in any case his mother is a citizen. You can read the CRS memo at bottom; here's a much longer and more detailed 2011 version.
(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...
November 14, 2011
The Constitution sets out three eligibility requirements to be President: one must be 35 years of age, a resident within the United States for 14 years, and a natural born Citizen. There is no Supreme Court case which has ruled specifically on the presidential eligibility requirements (although several cases have addressed the term natural born citizen), and this clause has been the subject of several legal and historical treatises over the years, as well as more recent litigation.
The term natural born citizen is not defined in the Constitution, and there is no discussion of the term evident in the notes of the Federal Convention of 1787. The use of the phrase in the Constitution may have derived from a suggestion in a letter from John Jay to George Washington during the Convention expressing concern about having the office of Commander-in-Chief devolve on, any but a natural born Citizen, as there were fears at that time about wealthy European aristocracy or royalty coming to America, gaining citizenship, and then buying and scheming their way to the presidency without long-standing loyalty to the nation. At the time of independence, and at the time of the framing of the Constitution, the term natural born with respect to citizenship was in use for many years in the American colonies, and then in the states, from British common law and legal usage. Under the common law principle of jus soli (law of the soil), persons born on English soil, even of two alien parents, were natural born subjects and, as noted by the Supreme Court, this same rule was applicable in the American colonies and in the United States afterwards, and continued to prevail under the Constitution ... with respect to citizens. In textual constitutional analysis, it is understood that terms used but not defined in the document must, as explained by the Supreme Court, be read in light of British common law since the Constitution is framed in the language of the English common law.
In addition to historical and textual analysis, numerous holdings and references in federal (and state) cases for more than a century have clearly indicated that those born in the United States and subject to its jurisdiction (i.e., not born to foreign diplomats or occupying military forces), even to alien parents, are citizens at birth or by birth, and are natural born, as opposed to naturalized, U.S. citizens. There is no provision in the Constitution and no controlling American case law to support a contention that the citizenship of ones parents governs the eligibility of a native born U.S. citizen to be President.
Although the eligibility of native born U.S. citizens has been settled law for more than a century, there have been legitimate legal issues raised concerning those born outside of the country to U.S. citizens. From historical material and case law, it appears that the common understanding of the term natural born in England and in the American colonies in the 1700s may have included both the strict common law meaning as born in the territory (jus soli), as well as the statutory laws adopted in England since at least 1350, which included children born abroad to British fathers (jus sanguinis, the law of descent).
The weight of legal and historical authority indicates that the term natural born citizen would mean a person who is entitled to U.S. citizenship by birth or at birth, either by being born in the United States and under its jurisdiction, even those born to alien parents; by being born abroad to U.S. citizen-parents; or by being born in other situations meeting legal requirements for U.S. citizenship at birth. Such term, however, would not include a person who was not a U.S. citizen by birth or at birth, and who was thus born an alien required to go through the legal process of naturalization to become a U.S. citizen.
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I believe his mother was only living in Canada because she was working at the US Embassy there. She was born in America. So, although Ted was born in Canada, his mother was still a US Citizen .. which automatically gave him citizenship.
Ted Cruz is a “natural born” citizen of America.
I hope we’re not going to have a major fight over this issue here on FR.
That will likely occur...again.
I’m over it and fully support Ted.
Canada is in America. It’s just not part of the United States.
Hope you’re not going to go concern trolling on us.
Actually, it’s called “North American” continent .. NOT A COUNTRY.
How is that concern trolling. I am not saying Ted Cruz is not eligible to be President of the United States, nor have I ever said that.
What is the point ..??
There is no argument over Cruz’s citizenship .. and anybody who says there is an argument .. is just playing politics.
Correct. North America is made up of several countries. But people in North America and South America are Americans.
The precedent has been set that concern trolls who spam threads with stupid arguments on this issue will be cast into outer darkness.
Those who wish to waste bandwidth promoting such idiocy will not be tolerated.
Ted Cruz is eligible and imminently qualified.
Unlike most of the other RINO's that are being bandied about for consideration, Cruz loves this Country more than he loves himself.
The trolls have been warned. Free Republic is Cruz Country.
I’m so glad to hear that .. I’m definitely rooting for him.
How many Cruz threads are you going to chew up with that approach?
(To me, of the Clinton's couldn't prove Obama wasn't a citizen, and no one else has in 6 years, then it's ridiculous to think their is some smoking gun out there)
What approach. I didn’t say anything about Cruz. Except on another thread I said it’s ridiculous to say Cruz had Cuban citizenship.
I’m for a unification behind a winning candidate. 2016 should be the year the grassroots get behind a strong candidate without splitting their votes 3 or 4 ways so the GOPe candidate wins the nomination.
The rules of the Republican primaries and caucuses will be even more stacked in the GOPe’s favor in 2016.
Cruz would fit the bill as the unity winning candidate for 2016.
You would have to ask them. There is no question in my mind.