|Quoting LMP737 (Reply 49):|
Now that we have someone who was born in a foreign country we hear nothing.
I've heard a lot about it.
Part of the big meeting between Trump and Cruz was over Trump's assertion that Cruz was not eligible to be President because he was born in a foreign country.
Cruz also discovered just a couple years ago that he was entitled to apply for Canadian citizenship. Something he was not aware of being eligible. Though the Dallas Morning News printed the first major story about Cruz's citizenship status, He had been previously challenged by ultra-conservative Republicans on his eligibility for the Senate seat because he was a 'citizen of a foreign country'. Cruz completed the process of formally renouncing any claims/ rights to Canadian citizenship in 2014.
But you are right, it shows the brither arguments are a false issue.
In 2008, John McCain was born in a foreign country. He never released his original birth certificate. At the time of his birth, US bases in Panama were not US territory. In 1937, Congress retroactively conferred citizenship to any persons born in Panama with one US citizen parent. Many questioned McCain's eligibility.
Contrary to statements by many people, including several posts on these forums - there has never been any special eligibility for citizenship for children of US military members stationed outside the borders of the US. Those children fall under the same laws as children of other US citizens abroad at the birth of their child.
My children were born in a USAF Hospital in the Philippines. At that time, the SOFA defined Clark Air Base and the Naval Base at Subic as US territory. Civilians who committed crimes on the base were sent to the US and tried in US federal courts. The Philippine police had no jurisdiction on the bases.
Yet both have birth certificates issued by the City of Angeles in Pampanga Province - not US birth certificates.
They also have the "Report of the Birth of a US Citizen Abroad" issued by the US Embassy in Manila a few days after their births. Their US citizen passports were issued about a month after their birth.
When we returned to the US, I also got both of the "Certificates of Citizenship" from INS. It is similar to a Naturalization Certificate but states the person (my child) is a "US citizen by birth"
Since Ted Cruz was born less than four years before my son - I assume his mother (Cruz's father did not obtain US citizenship until 2005) obtained the same documentation for his birth which I did for my kids.
Birth controversies and eligibility for President is not something new with President Obama.
Chester A Arthur was alleged to have been born in Canada. His mother was a US citizen who met and married his father while living in Canada. They moved back to Vermont, but near the time of Chester's birth, his father was working two jobs, crossing the border ever week.
Charles Evan Hughes (defeated by Woodrow Wilson in 1916) was born in the US to non-naturalized British citizens, and retained a right to apply for UK citizenship. It was argued that he was 'native born' not 'natural born'.
Barry Goldwater was not born in a state of the US. He was born in Phoenix three years before Arizona became a state.
George Romney, Mitt Romney's father, ran for President in 1968. There was not doubt he was born in Mexico, to US citizen parents, and never came to the US until his parents moved back in 1912 - when he was 5 years old.