The Conclusive Definition Of "Natural-Born Citizen"
Natural-born citizens of the United States are those who are citizens of theUnited States from birth without having to perform any act to acquire orperfect their American citizenship. These are those whose parents are citizensof the United States at the time of their birth.Natural-born American citizens are those born of American citizen parents,within or without the American Republic, provided in the latter case that one ofthe parents had resided in the United States prior to the birth of the child.Their American citizenship is natural, the result of parentage, and not artificialor acquired by compliance with legislative provisions.A natural-born citizen is one not made by law or otherwise, but born. And thisclass is the large majority, in fact, the mass of our citizens; all others areexceptions specially provided for by law.A natural-born citizen is defined as one whose citizenship is established by the jurisdiction which the United States already has over the parents of the child,not what is thereafter acquired by choice of residence in this country.It is not necessary that a man should be born in this country, to be "a naturalborn citizen." It is only requisite he should be a citizen by birth, and that is thecase with all the children of citizens who have ever resided in this country,though born in a foreign country.Natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens and naturalized citizens, arethose born in the United States of parents who are citizens.Natural-born citizens are also those born outside the United States and itsoutlying possessions of parents both of whom are citizens of the United Statesand one of whom has had a residence in the United States or one of itsoutlying possessions prior to the birth of the child.Hence, a child born abroad to two US citizen parents is a natural-born citizen:Provided, That at least one citizen parent had previously resided in the UnitedStates or one of its outlying possessions. U.S. Code: Title 8, 1401.