Question Settled: Ted Cruz Is Eligible As Is Our Neighbor’s Son

Jan 11, 2016 by

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Question Settled: Ted Cruz Is Eligible As Is Our Neighbor’s Son”

By Donna Garner

1.10.16

 

Even though Ted Cruz has provided both his own birth certificate and that of his mother (who was born in Delaware), Donald Trump still insists on perpetuating the idea that Ted Cruz is not eligible to run for the Presidency since he was born in Canada.

 

Interestingly enough, in September 2015 Trump said Ted Cruz was perfectly eligible to be President; but now that Cruz is ahead of him in many of the polls, Trump has suddenly decided Ted Cruz is not eligible.

 

To those people who want a new ruling from the present Supreme Court, they had better give this some further thought: 

 

If the Supreme Court were ever to rule against Ted Cruz’s eligibility, then all of the children who have been born abroad to American-born missionaries could never run for the Presidency either. This would include our neighbor’s precious little boy.  

 

This little boy’s American-born parents gave up everything to go to serve the people of Malaysia where, unfortunately, his mother contracted the West Nile virus.  Because of her illness, they were forced to come back to America where she is recuperating.

 

To say that this little boy could not someday grow up to be the President of the United States would be to condemn all of the foreign-born children of missionaries to the same fate.

 

On a similar note, it is amazing to see how many political figures would not be (or would not have been) eligible for the Presidency if such a nefarious ruling were ever made: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_foreign-born_United_States_politicians

 

Knowing that there might be people who would question Ted Cruz’s eligibility, two U. S. Solicitors General (one under Pres. George W. Bush and the other in the Obama administration) set the record straight in the Harvard Law Review (3.11.15 — http://harvardlawreview.org/2015/03/on-the-meaning-of-natural-born-citizen/).  Neal Katyal and Paul Clement stated:

All the sources routinely used to interpret the Constitution confirm that the phrase ‘natural born Citizen’ has a specific meaning: namely, someone who was a U.S. citizen at birth with no need to go through a naturalization proceeding at some later time. And Congress has made equally clear from the time of the framing of the Constitution to the current day that, subject to certain residency requirements on the parents, someone born to a U.S. citizen parent generally becomes a U.S. citizen without regard to whether the birth takes place in Canada, the Canal Zone, or the continental United States.

 

…here, the relevant materials clearly indicate that a ‘natural born Citizen’ means a citizen from birth with no need to go through naturalization proceedings. The Supreme Court has long recognized that two particularly useful sources in understanding constitutional terms are British common law and enactments of the First Congress. Both confirm that the original meaning of the phrase ‘natural born Citizen’ includes persons born abroad who are citizens from birth based on the citizenship of a parent.

 

…Despite the happenstance of a birth across the border, there is no question that Senator Cruz has been a citizen from birth and is thus a “natural born Citizen” within the meaning of the Constitution.

 

 

Question settled:  Ted Cruz is eligible to run for the Presidency as is our dear neighbor’s son.

 

 

 

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

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