Posted By Levi
Today, the Republican senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, declared his intention to become president of the United States.
Senator Cruz was not born in America. He is Canadian by birth and maintained his dual citizenship up until recently.
During the last six years President Obama has come under relentless attack from certain right wing elements in the country, many of whom still maintained to this day that the president was not born in the United States. Many of these same people support Senator Cruz for president.
Of course, the big difference between the two men is that President Obama was, in fact, born in the United States while Senator Cruz was not. Yes, the president was born in Hawaii and that state is still a part of the US.
Donald Trump is still searching for Obama’s birth certificate to prove that the president was born in Kenya and not the US.
So, is Senator Cruz eligible to run for the presidency? Yes, he has every right just as President Obama did.
The Constitutional requirements to run for the presidency are quite simple. You have to be at least 35 years old; live in the US for at least 14 years and be a ‘natural-born’ citizen.
The problem is with the last requirement – ‘natural-born’ citizen. Who is a ‘natural-born’ citizen?
The Constitution does not clearly spell this out and the US Supreme Court has never ruled on it. Throughout our history, this has not been much of a problem until the election of President Obama in 2008.
Basically, anyone who is born in the United Sates or one of its territories is considered to be a “natural-born” citizen of the United States .
But what if you were born abroad?
According to the State Department, if you were born abroad and both of your parents are citizens of the United States, and at least one of them live in the United States for some time before you were born, then you are a citizen of the US and can run for the presidency.
But what if only one of your parents is a US citizen? Yes, you would still qualify to become president.
President Obama’s mother was an American citizen and his father was from Kenya.
Senator Cruz was born in Canada. His mother was a US citizen. His father was a Cuban immigrant who was not a US citizen at the time of Cruz’s birth.
Senator Cruz can run for president because there is another rule. A child born abroad is a citizen of the United States if one parent is a US citizen and who lived in the US for at least 10 years after turning 14 years of age. The 10 years requirement does not have to be consecutive.
So both the mother of President Obama and the mother of Senator Cruz fulfilled the requirements under US law for their children to be legitimately regarded as ‘natural born’ citizens.
So, here is the question for those who still believe that President Obama is a foreigner.
Let’s assume that the president was in fact born in Kenya. On what grounds can you argue that one of these two men is a ‘natural-born’ citizen while the other is not?
This whole thing about “natural born” citizen no longer makes sense. We should amend the Constitution and get rid of it. Anyone should be able to run for the presidency as long as you are a citizen whether you were born here or not and fulfill the other two requirements.
There are many good people who are citizens and who could become good presidents but are prevented from running because of these two antiquated words. It makes naturalized citizens feel like second class citizens.