With the news of +Ted Cruz
attempting to run for President of the United States of America I just felt the need to post the outlines of being deemed a natural born.
Here is the definition according to the supreme court of the United States
" 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."
Now if both Ted Cruz's parents were citizens at the time of his birth,
then he could be deemed a natural citizen, but given that his father
was a Cuban, born in Cuba, that makes his father an "alien". Had his
father been a US National or a citizen at the time of his birth I
would agree with you, however given that his father was not a U.S.
citizen at the time of his birth he is not a natural citizen.
If you don't believe me, here is a link describing what and why Cruz
is not eligible to run for President.http://ivn.us/2013/08/13/defining-natural-born-citizen/
Incase you don't want to read the whole article
Now though the Constitution is vague in what constitutes a natural
born citizen, Congess has stepped in to attempt to fill in the gap.
Under Title 8 of the US Code, Section 1401 defines the following as
citizens of the United States upon birth… or natural born citizens:
Anyone born inside the United States. The person must be “subject to
the jurisdiction” of the United States. (This would exempt the child
of a diplomat, for example, from this provision.)
Any Indian or Eskimo born in the United States, provided being a
citizen of the U.S. does not impair the person’s status as a
citizen of the tribe
Any one born outside the United States,both of
whose parents are citizens of the U.S., as long as one parent has
lived in the U.S.
Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is a citizen and
lived in the U.S. for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S.
Any one born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and
lived in the U.S. for at least one year
Any one found in the U.S. under the age of five, whose parentage
cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not
provided by age 21
Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and
as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the
U.S. for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service
included in this time)
So +Ted Cruz
as much as you may feel that you are a natural citizen fortunately you are not a natural US citizen. I know you like to state your mom was a citizen, I have no doubt about her history and citizenship. However you father was a Cuban alien and to be a citizen both parents would have had to been citizens. So my advice would be to go ahead and back out of the race. #tedcruz #2016presidentialrace