What is the Definition of “Natural Born Citizen?”

The children of two American citizens, who are born in the United States, are “natural-born citizens”. Citizenship is their natural right, not a privilege granted by the Government via law.

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Simple Test: If you have to cite a law to prove that someone is a citizen, then he is not a “natural born citizen.”

Anyone, who has to cite a law — including the 14th Amendment — has disqualified their own argument. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution did not change the eligibility requirements for the presidency.

Congress is empowered by the Constitution to make naturalization laws, according to US Constitution, Article I, Section 8. However, they cannot directly create a natural born citizen.

The Congress shall have Power…. To establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization…

The Founders would have said they are citizens by God’s law or the law of nature and not by the law of the Government.

Dual citizenship did not exist in the early days of the Republic, but it is not consistent with the intent of the Framers in requiring natural-born citizenship for eligibility for the presidency. The Framers were concerned with ensuring the undivided loyalty of the commander-in-chief. Dual citizens have divided loyalty, by definition.

Voters could enforce this requirement, themselves, if they did not vote for candidates they believe are ineligible. If only a relatively small fraction of the voters just refuse to vote for unqualified posers for the presidency, it will have a devastating impact on ineligible candidates, since elections often turn on a few percent of the vote. Do not depend on our corrupt political elites or courts to decide for you what the term means. Take action, yourself, at the ballot box. Just stop voting for ineligible candidates for president or vice president.

Quotes from the “Law of Nations” by Emmerich Vattel

The following are quotes from the book “The Law of Nations” by Emmerich de Vattel. It is not a legal document but provides the concept of “natural born citizen” at the time the Framers wrote the Constitution. Vattel was a prominent Swiss philosopher, who played a major role in developing the philosophy of natural law, on which our Constitution is based.

§ 212. The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens.

§ 215. Children of citizens born in a foreign country. It is asked whether the children born of citizens in a foreign country are citizens? The laws have decided this question in several countries, and their regulations must be followed? By the law of nature alone, children follow the condition of their fathers, and enter into all their rights

(§ 212); the place of birth produces no change in this particular, and cannot, of itself, furnish any reason for taking from a child what nature has given him; I say “of itself,” for, civil or political laws may, for particular reasons, ordain otherwise. But I suppose that the father has not entirely quitted his country in order to settle elsewhere. If he has fixed his abode in a foreign country, he is become a member of another society, at least as a perpetual inhabitant; and his children will be members of it also.

§ 216. Children born at sea. As to children born at sea, if they are born in those parts of it that are possessed by their nation, they are born in the country: if it is on the open sea, there is no reason to make a distinction between them and those who are born in the country; for, naturally, it is our extraction, not the place of our birth, that gives us rights: and if the children are born in a vessel belonging to the nation, they may be reputed born in its territories; for, it is natural to consider the vessels of a nation as parts of its territory, especially when they sail upon a free sea, since the state retains its jurisdiction over those vessels. And as, according to the commonly received custom, this jurisdiction is preserved over the vessels, even in parts of the sea subject to a foreign dominion, all the children born in the vessels of a nation

§ 217. Children born in the armies of the state or in the house of its minister at a foreign court. For the same reasons also, children born out of the country, in the armies of the state, or in the house of its minister at a foreign court, are reputed born in the country; for a citizen who is absent with his family, on the service of the state, but still dependent on it, and subject to its jurisdiction, cannot be considered as having quitted its territory.

Recent Cases

Emmerich de Vattel argued that children of citizen parents abroad, — under certain conditions — serving in the military, born on ships or on a state mission should be considered as being born in the jurisdiction of the home country and thus are natural born citizens. However, the children of those, who have resettled in another country, are not natural born citizens, because they have joined another society.

The parents of Ted Cruz, for example, had resettled in Canada by the time he was born, making it their permanent home. His Cuban father took Canadian citizenship and started a well-logging business in the Canadian oil industry. His mother was an American, who intended to settle permanently in Canada. Ted Cruz had Canadian and possibly Cuban citizenship.

Barack Obama had dual American / British citizenship at birth, which should have disqualified him. The same is true of Marco Rubio, who was born in the U.S. to two Cuban citizen parents.

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